Cubs, Marmol Agree To Three-Year Deal

The Cubs agreed to a three-year extension with closer Carlos Marmol, avoiding arbitration, the team announced. Marmol's deal is worth $20MM over three years, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times (on Twitter). Marmol will earn $3.2MM in 2011, $7MM in 2012 and $9.8MM in 2013, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat (on Twitter).

The 28-year-old right-hander struck out a career-high 16 batters per nine innings last year, saving 38 games and posting a 2.55 ERA. He walked lots of batters (6.0 BB/9) as usual and was exceptionally difficult to hit (4.6 H/9). Marmol's new deal keeps him in Chicago through his age-30 season.

The contract buys out Marmol's two remaining seasons of arbitration eligibility and covers his first free agent season. Agent Barry Praver represents Marmol, who earned $2.125MM last year.

As MLBTR's Arb Tracker shows, this is the second time this offseason the Cubs have agreed to an extension with an arbitration eligible pitcher. They signed Sean Marshall to a two-year deal last month. Only five arbitration eligible players remain unsigned for 2011: Jose Bautista, Kelly Johnson, Hunter Pence, Rickie Weeks and Delmon Young

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the agreement.


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26 Comments on "Cubs, Marmol Agree To Three-Year Deal"


Guest
4 years 4 months ago

wasnt there another one of these stating the exact same thing?

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Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

Hard to argue with this.. I’m not one to overvalue relievers

but this guy is just straight nasty.

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

he’ll be the ubaldo jimmenez of relievers once he gets his walk numbers under control.

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Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

Even with his walk numbers, his WHIP is still very good because he doesn’t give up hits

His walks won’t be an issue until he (if he) stops striking out so many batters.

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not_brooks
4 years 4 months ago

It is hard to argue this. I even thought about trying to for a while, but there’s no reason to do so.

Marmol’s control is always going to be an issue, but the K’s per 9 and H’s per 9 are so ridiculous that the BB’s per 9 don’t matter.

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phoenix2042
4 years 4 months ago

I would rather he give up a walk than a hit and it looks like that’s what he does. he blazes the edges, so either they K or they walk, but nothing is good enough for the batter to hit either way. that’s probably why he has such a crazy HR rate too.

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4 years 4 months ago

I would just LOVE for him to save all of his “bad” days for when he’s facing the Brewers . . . he has a tendency to use up all of his walks in one outing . . . either loading the bases and/or allowing them to clear with the sporadic double. I know he’s a good pitcher, but when he’s playing my brewers, I hope he dies like a dog.

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

Walks are an issue, but his slider is one if not straight RE-DONK-ULIS-UST-ING best in the MLB

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jwsox
4 years 4 months ago

Zack Greinke is the only one that can compare…these two guys are in the same league as Randy Johnson with how good the sliders are

Member
4 years 4 months ago

hear hear. Batter’s can hear the slider’s evil laugh as they swing their bats fruitlessly . . .

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

Bacon

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

Bargain