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Marlins release Carlos Marmol

May 19, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

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Right-hander Carlos Marmol passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Marlins last week and has now been released.

Miami signed Marmol to a one-year, $1.25 million deal in February, but he was a mess with an 8.10 ERA and 10 walks in 13 innings, taking three losses in 15 appearances.

Marmol is still just 31 years old and can still generate plenty of strikeouts, but his raw stuff has declined significantly and he no longer misses enough bats to make up for his horrendous control. His yearly strikeouts per nine innings have plummeted from 16.0 to 12.0 to 11.7 to 10.8 to 9.5 since 2010.

Expect him to land somewhere new on a minor-league contract.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    New Mets closer? This is the team that signed Bobby Abreu and Jose Valverde.

  2. yahmule - May 19, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Carlos Marmol was like Mitch Williams without the aggressively dysfunctional personality disorder.

    • Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      He also wasn’t disturbed by psychotic fans from you-know-where calling his wife in the middle of the night and threatening to kill him. He just can’t throw straight.

  3. earpaniac - May 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    For a few years with the Cubs, he was practically unhittable. Have no idea if its mechanics or what, but he’s lucky if he could hit a barn with his control. I can’t believe someone can’t fix him.

    • Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic relief pitcher. Carlos Marmol will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster. With a devastating slider….

  4. yourcubreporter - May 19, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    When he was “on”, he was damn near unhittable. He made opposing batters look foolish. No one can say what happened, maybe the big contract, but the drop off was stark.

    Damn. Just damn.

  5. earpaniac - May 19, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Gator, that actually ran through my head after I typed my “rebuild him” sentence! Lol

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