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Cubs likely to trade Carlos Marmol before Opening Day

Mar 5, 2013, 5:27 PM EST

Carlos Marmol AP

Carlos Marmol was nearly traded to the Angels in November before Dan Haren‘s health squashed the deal, but Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs “will most likely” find another trade to move the closer before Opening Day.

According to Levine “several teams, including the Detroit Tigers, are taking a hard look at” Marmol, who’s being paid $10 million in the final season of his contract.

Kyuji Fujikawa, who had incredible success closing in Japan, is waiting in the wings as an obvious replacement for Marmol, but presumably the Cubs would have to eat at least some of his salary to make a deal happen.

  1. mreezybreezy - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    This new batch of Cubs management is probably the best I’ve ever seen at announcing would-be deals. Wake me up when something actually happens.

    • larryboodry - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      Didn’t know Bruce Levine was part of Cubs management.

  2. dondada10 - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I could see Chicago eating a good amount of the money if it means a better prospect.

  3. cosanostra71 - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    If they’re still interested in doing a deal with the Angels, Vernon Wells is available. He’ll even retire after the 2014 season.

  4. randygnyc - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I’ve been napping on Haren. Any word on his status/health?

    • redbirdfan81 - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      It was entirely back issues last year & so far, he’s proven to be healthy this Spring. If his back holds up, his arm & shoulder are still aces, so he could be a stud in DC.

  5. jpat2424 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Later days

  6. unlost1 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    who’s lying?
    The Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer reports that there is “nothing to” reports of trade interest in Carlos Marmol, “especially with Detroit.”
    It backs up Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune’s report. Wittenmyer adds that the Cubs “don’t expect to move Marmol until after the season starts, probably at the trade deadline.” The Tigers are looking at trade possibilities to fill their ninth inning void, but it appears Marmol is not on their radar. Mar 5 – 10:29 PM
    Source: Gordon Wittenmyer on Twitter

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