Relief Rumors: Marmol, Farnsworth, Lyon

The market for relievers will start to move in the next month or so as teams look to round out their bullpens with one-year deals.  Some reporting on the topic today from MLBTR:

  • Teams are planning to watch free agent righty Carlos Marmol, who is currently pitching for Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League playoffs.  Marmol has discussed a Major League deal with three teams, MLBTR has learned, and there's a good chance he signs this month.  The 31-year-old posted a 4.41 ERA, 10.8 K/9, 7.3 BB/9, 1.29 HR/9, and 37.6% groundball rate in 49 innings for the Cubs and Dodgers in 2013.  Marmol began 2013 as the Cubs' closer but was designated for assignment in June and eventually traded along with the club's fourth international bonus slot to the Dodgers for Matt Guerrier.  He wound up making two appearances in the NLCS for the Dodgers after appearing in 21 games for them in the regular season.
  • Though nothing is imminent for another former Cubs closer, Kyle Farnsworth, MLBTR's Zach Links hears six to eight clubs have varying degrees of interest.  Farnsworth, 38 in April, posted a 4.70 ERA, 6.6 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 1.17 HR/9, and 45.5% groundball rate in 38 1/3 innings for the Rays and Pirates in 2013.  Released by the Rays in August, he pitched well in his month with Pittsburgh.  He averaged 95.5 miles per hour on his fastball in September, according to Brooks Baseball.
  • Free agent relievers Brandon Lyon and Pat Neshek are also looking for big league deals, adds Links.  They're joined by Luis Ayala, who we reported earlier today has drawn interest from the Tigers, Indians, and Orioles among other teams. 

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8 Comments on "Relief Rumors: Marmol, Farnsworth, Lyon"

1 year 8 months ago

7.3 BB/9? Good lord…

1 year 8 months ago

And it’s not even his single-season career high!

1 year 8 months ago

For his career he has given up more walks than hits. I find that impressive and more impressive that he’s gonna get a ML contract

1 year 8 months ago

hmm Det?

1 year 8 months ago

Don’t be fooled by Marmol’s ERA with the Dodgers: 2.53 ERA. That was with a walk rate of 8, which ballooned his WHIP to 1.547.

1 year 8 months ago

I wouldn’t mind seeing the cubs bring in farnsworth for some competition.

1 year 8 months ago

I would and I’m a die hard cubs fan

1 year 8 months ago

Tigers could sign either Farnsworth, Lyon, Marmol, or Neshek if Al Alburquerque including Max Scherzer or Rick Porcello, and Andy Dirks gets traded to the Mariners for James Paxton or Erasmo Ramirez, Tyler Pike, Justin Smoak (can also be traded to the Pirates for a piece the Tigers desperately need that can be agreed upon), John Hicks, and Julio Morban or Leon Landry. Dave Dombrowski & Jack Zduriencik should consider of making the move to benefit both teams unless there are other players not mentioned Detroit could use instead.