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Carlos Marmol has discussed a Major League deal with three teams

Jan 3, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

Carlos Marmol AP

Teams are expected to watch free agent reliever Carlos Marmol pitch for the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League playoffs, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. MLBTR reports that Marmol has discussed a Major League deal with three different teams, though it is unclear if any of those offers are still on the table. Marmol is expected to sign at some point this month.

While his ERA hasn’t been catastrophically bad, Marmol has struggled immensely with his control, particularly over the past two seasons. In 104.1 innings of work, Marmol has walked 85 batters, 82 intentionally. His 18 percent walk rate state the start of 2012 is the worst among 98 relievers who logged at least 100 innings. The next worst is Rex Brothers at 12.7 percent. If he can ever overcome his control problems, he can still be a useful reliever, but Marmol will be entering his ninth season in the Majors. Sometimes you just are who you are.

  1. hpt150 - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Guessing you meant 82 unintentionally.

  2. NYTolstoy - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    You hit it right on the button. He is what he is. A man who will walk a ton of batters but if a team can survive with his walks and use him more as a mop up guy then a closer then it isn’t a bad gamble.

  3. brewfantim - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    God I hope the Brewers aren’t one of them!

    • ditka96 - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      I have heard that the Brewers are in fact one of them.

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