The Chicago Cubs made a surprising but welcomed decision on Tuesday.
The Cubs announced that reliever Carlos Marmol has been designated for assignment. The Cubs will attempt to trade Marmol within the next 10 days before the team must decide to unconditionally release the reliever or outright him to the minor leagues. The expectation is that Marmol will either be traded or released.
The Cubs will be on the hook for the $9.8 million that Marmol is owed for this season if the reliever is released. That scenario would then allow another team to sign Marmol for the league minimum.
Marmol was once a dominant reliever for the Cubs.
Marmol’s best seasons with the Cubs was from 2008-2010. There is no question 2010 was Marmol’s best year of his career. In 2010, Marmol posted an ERA of 2.55 to go along with 38 saves and 138 strikeouts.
Marmol’s downfall began in 2011 when his ERA inflated to 4.01 and continued in 2012 when early season trouble forced him out of the closer’s role for the Cubs.
2013 was rock bottom for Marmol. Marmol struggled from the start and never seemed to get in the same rhythm that he had when he was a successful closer. Before being designated for assignment, Marmol’s ERA was at 5.86 for the Cubs during the 2013 season.
Marmol’s trade value is non-existent and appears likely that the Cubs will release the former closer.