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Dodgers acquire Carlos Marmol from Cubs for Matt Guerrier

Jul 2, 2013, 2:11 PM EST

Carlos Marmol AP

In a swap of relievers who were designated for assignment, Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs have traded Carlos Marmol and about $200,000 in international signing bonus money to the Dodgers for Matt Guerrier.

Marmol certainly has a lot more upside than Guerrier, who’s been little more than middle relief-caliber since signing a three-year, $12 million deal with the Dodgers two-and-a-half seasons ago. This year Guerrier had a 4.80 ERA and 21/12 K/BB ratio in 30 innings. Of course, Guerrier is also much less likely to completely implode on the mound, which Marmol has done far too often this season.

On the other hand, even while struggling overall this season Marmol racked up 32 strikeouts in 28 innings, posting a double-digit strikeout rate for the eighth consecutive season, and from 2007-2012 he posted a 2.90 ERA with the majors’ highest strikeout rate and lowest opponents’ batting average. If the Dodgers can get him to go from “worst control of all time” to merely “really, really bad control” he’s still capable of overpowering hitters.

Chicago’s move to unload Marmol comes just minutes after the Cubs traded Scott Feldman to the Orioles for Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and about $400,000 in international bonus money.

  1. valarmorghuliss - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Someone traded for him?

  2. Stiller43 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    I dont know who this guerrier character is, but he must really be…just awful to get traded for marmol.

    • yahmule - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      I recommend Kenley Jansen not give up another run this season. Mattingly can’t wait to have “an established closer” in that role.

    • Bryz - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Guerrier’s kind of an average reliever that just happened to have a bad season this year. He was heralded as a good-to-great Twins reliever, but he had some awful years in Minny too.

      Besides, the fact that the trade is Marmol & $200,000 international bonus money for Guerrier shows that both teams felt Guerrier was the better (or at least less-risky) reliever in this trade.

  3. specialkindofstupid - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    When Marmol received the news and was handed a plane ticket to meet up with his new Dodger teammates in Colorado, he allegedly threw the ticket into the air in frustration.

    He missed.

  4. stex52 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    So the name that has become a byword for bad pitching lives on in MLB.

  5. drkincaid - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    So Cubs saved about $3M in salary this year or was cash sent?

    • cubfan531 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      I believe the Cubs still had to eat $2 million on the $3 million or so owed to Marmol from hereon out.

  6. Old Gator - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    If you loved the previous ownership, you’re gonna love Carlos Marmol.

    • Anoesis - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      He owns parking lots and has a money-grubbing ex-wife?

  7. losanginsight - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Marmol just needs a change of scenery. Maybe if Wrigley put up a few lights or have the fans park their cars with the headlights on during the night. Trash for trash but Marmol brings 600+Ks.

  8. giantssb42champs - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    So the cubs basically traded a prospect for a bag of balls.

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