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Dodgers close to acquiring Carlos Marmol from Cubs

Jul 1, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Dodgers “are closing in on a trade” for Carlos Marmol, who was designated for assignment by the Cubs last week.

Marmol is owed about $5 million for the rest of this season, so presumably the Cubs have agreed to eat a significant portion of that money to either save a little something or get a minor leaguer in return for the impending free agent.

Marmol was horrible for the Cubs this season and has always gone through extremely frustrating stretches because of his incredibly bad control, but from 2007-2012 he posted a 2.90 ERA with the majors’ highest strikeout rate and lowest opponents’ batting average.

As a highly paid closer Marmol was mostly a mess, but as a bargain-bin middle reliever he’d certainly be worth a flier. Even this year, while struggling overall, he has 32 strikeouts in 28 innings.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I suspect that they want him because he is overpaid.

    • yahmule - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      Whoever voted this down needs a sense of humor.

  2. jkaflagg - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Allow me to be the first……WHY ??????

    The Dodgers have finally begun to play well, and bringing in a wild card like Marmol seems crazy….the Dodgers just dumped a couple of veteran relievers (Guerrero, Moylan) for a couple of hard-throwing rookies….but Marmol hardly seems to be the stable veteran presence you might be looking for…..

    …..on the other hand, Dodger Stadium convinced them than Brandon League was worth $21 million over 3 years, so I guess they think anyone can do it…..

    • derklempner - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:07 AM

      Probably because there is a well-documented history of players reverting to better performance when they have a change of scenery in regards to the team for which they play. (No, it doesn’t always happen, but it happens often enough to make the gamble worthwhile, which is why it happens so often.) At times, all it takes is a new coach, manager, or clubhouse making all the difference in the world as to whether or not a player regains their former contributions.

      So why not take a chance?

  3. dickclydesdale - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Pendejos if they get Marmol the garbage from the cubs..

  4. 13arod - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Good they can keep him

  5. azkev - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Anything, and I mean anything of value the Cubs get in return (a bag of batting practice balls will do) would make it an outstanding trade.

  6. mathieug79 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    The Dodgers think they can do what the Cubs did with Kevin Gregg. Hilarious!

  7. whocares44 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Looks like the Dodgers are a dumb as the Cubs. But if the Cubs can even get a Bat Boy for him. Do it!
    And the cubs need to dump about 20 more players and the complete front office. Mgrs and. Give Ricketts the boot also..

    • mazblast - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      You can’t dump an owner, though God knows, fans of many teams in many sports would love to do just that.

  8. waterdoc1427 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    As a Chicago sports fan and seeing his display of greatness and failure, let the Dodgers have him. How many pitches does he have? His breaking / slider is a killer, but when he can’t hit a barn, the opposition knows what is coming. AKA: Going,going,gone!

    Maybe he needs a change of scenery, but the LA pitching staff has their hands full as there is the “mental issue” when he gets into one of these stints. I still remember when the Cubs didn’t go to the closer (him) only because they didn’t want to blow the game.

  9. yahmule - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Listen, Don Mattingly can’t wait to name this ****** as his new closer. He’s drywashing his hands in anticipation like a villain from a silent movie.

  10. boyofzimmer - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    My life expectancy just went up!

  11. erbaodai - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Dodgers will trade Brandon League for Marmol, that’s the only thing they can give to the Cubs.

  12. kp071310 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Whocares44 sounds like a real idiot

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