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Marlins designate Carlos Marmol for assignment

May 11, 2014, 10:25 AM EDT

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The Marlins signed veteran reliever Carlos Marmol to a one-year, $1.25 million free agent contract this offseason with the hope that he might provide good value in a setup role. That experiment is already over.

According to beat writer Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Marmol was designated for assignment on Sunday morning — meaning he is no longer a member of the Marlins’ 40-man roster and will either be traded, released, or outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans within the next 10 days. A trade is unlikely.

Marmol allowed four earned runs in Saturday night’s 9-3 loss to the Padres, pushing his season ERA to 8.10. He walked 10 batters and yielded 16 hits in 13 1/3 total innings for Miami.

“Couldn’t get people out,” Marmol acknowledged to reporters late Saturday night. “I did the best I could, but it didn’t work out good. It’s tough. You try to do your best and it didn’t work out.”

  1. 1harrypairatesties - May 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    What happened to him? He used to be lights out with the Cubs his first couple of years.

    • Old Gator - May 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Slowly, relentlessly, inevitably, he began to suck. Many of us suspect that due to his long tenure with the Cubs (though it could have been a short tenure that only felt like a long one) he became infected by the Indonesian prion-vectored neurological disease Die Vloek van der Geitbok. It may well be that the Feesh’s team physicians performed the standard test for prions, which are so tiny that they cannot even be seen by electron microscopes and have been known to be squashed flat by Higgs bosons rolling down an incline. They injected a turkey with a bit of Marmol’s lymph and the turkey immediate became stupid. It may just be that on a relief staff also populated by such stalwart batting practice machines as Brad Hand and Kevin Slowey, Marmol’s sudden excision was occasioned at least as much by that turkey trying to lay down under the locker room showerheads with its beak open, or perhaps by how much more he was making than Slowey or Hand, as it was by his Ernest Borgnine-ugly stats. I don’t believe much in the power of prayer but I guess if I were an impecunious toadling like Scrooge McLoria I would be chanting baruchas that someone would at least pick up Marmol off the clothesline and relieve him of the league minimum portion of his salary.

  2. Old Gator - May 11, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Drewid:

    For what it’s worth (which if it weren’t one of my favorite Buffalo Springfield songs I would abbreviate FWIW as if I had been lexicographically brain damaged by a stint on twitter), Joe Frisaro of the Marlins home page writes that Marmol’s salary was $1.1 million, not $1.25. I don’t know if the disparity is caused by a typo on either one’s part, or by Spencer working for the Macondo Harold long enough to have become careless with the facts.

    • scratchnsniffnblog - May 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      More likely that Scrooge inflated the contract amount in an attempt to cheat on his taxes. Or does he fall under the tax code’s amphibian exemption?

      • gloccamorra - May 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        More likely the press included possible performance clauses in the total dollar figure, like an extra $50k if he’s still on the roster by the end of Mother’s Day. Mike Redmond said in his Saturday post game remarks that Marmol would be DFA’d, so it had already been decided. I’m just guessing about the ‘end of Mother’s Day’ clause, but it’s the sort of touch you can expect from Loria.

  3. chiadam - May 11, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    This happens to most closers that rely mainly on a slider. Sooner or later they all fire up the ol’ cement mixer, and if they can’t locate their fastball…yeah, bad things ensue.

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