Marlins To Sign Carlos Marmol

The Marlins have agreed to a one-year, $1.25MM deal with reliever Carlos Marmol, reports Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com (Spanish language link). The 31-year-old former Cubs closer is a client of Kinzer Management Group.

Sporting a 5.86 ERA after 27 2/3 innings in the midst of his eighth season with the Cubs, Marmol was dealt to the Dodgers for Matt Guerrier in a deal that seemed more about international bonus slot money than the players involved. Yet both Marmol and Guerrier flourished with the change of scenery, and each looks to have a good chance at a job for the coming season. The former threw to a 2.53 ERA in 21 1/3 innings for Los Angeles, though his 11.4 K/9 mark was still offset by a troubling 8.0 BB/9 during that time.

Indeed, the trick for Marmol has never been getting batters to miss his offerings; it has been getting his offerings not to miss the strike zone. He has posted a walk rate of under six-per-nine only three times in his career (2007, 2008, 2011). Meanwhile, he has maintained a career 11.7 K/9 and has only dipped below the 11 K/9 level over one season (last year) since converting fully to relief. Marmol saved 117 games for the Cubs over his tenure, but presumably he will slot in front of Miami 9th inning man Steve Cishek.


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41 Comments on "Marlins To Sign Carlos Marmol"


TheoHoyer
1 year 6 months ago

Wow, the Marlins gave this guy a guaranteed deal. Hopefully he can find his old form. He wasn’t terrible for the Dodgers.

thegrayrace
1 year 6 months ago

8.0 BB/9 is terrible. He was lucky with the Dodgers.

Bently
1 year 6 months ago

Lol, when 4th place in the division is your goal for the season, pitchers like Marmol make perfect sense.

Matt Mccarron
1 year 6 months ago

Or low-risk high reward guy who you could flip at the deadline if successful. I like the deal, not like 1M is hurting Loria or anything.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

That’s 1 M Loria wont have is his pocket, that hurts him!

Trock
1 year 6 months ago

I watched him all too often as a Cubs fan. He had a few stretches where he was great (very short stretches) and was disasterous the other 90%. There is no reward with this guy

Matt Mccarron
1 year 6 months ago

1.43 ERA in 70 Innings in 2007, had decent numbers every year up to 2013. His only problem is command, if he can figure that out, he’ll be good. If he doesn’t, well.. its the marlins.

Trock
1 year 6 months ago

My mistake. I forgot how well he did in 2007 as a set up man and his saves 2009-2011 weren’t that bad. I was just so focused on how horrible he was for the Cubs in the last 2 years that is blacked out the good times :(

Matt Mccarron
1 year 6 months ago

Yeah, Salty is gonna have a tough time with him and Henry Rodriguez. If he can just stop walking everyone and there brother, he can be good.

cubs7691
1 year 6 months ago

The scouting report came out that if you didn’t swing, chances were very high that you would get a walk.

1 year 6 months ago

If the Marlins fans liked Heath Bell then they will LOVE Marmol

Matt Mccarron
1 year 6 months ago

He was good for the Dodgers at the end of last year, maybe all he needed was a change. . He could be looking good for this year.

ray_derek
1 year 6 months ago

Which is why the dodgers had zero interest in bringing him back. Makes perfect sense

amoreperfectunion
1 year 6 months ago

The Dodgers had zero interest in bringing him back because they signed every other closer or former closer on the market.

ray_derek
1 year 6 months ago

Which is why the dodgers had zero interest in bringing him back. Makes perfect sense

Pelu Maad
1 year 6 months ago

LOL…good one…

schaddy24
1 year 6 months ago

“How did he get a major league deal?” – EVERY Cubs fan

Dylan Griffin
1 year 6 months ago

Major league deal? Wow. Not a bad move though, Marlins have nothing to lose. If he can reclaim himself somewhat, he’s a trade chip at the deadline and they can add to their young talent.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
1 year 6 months ago

He already reclaimed himself somewhat in his stint with the Dodgers. He certainly wasn’t terrible, like with the Cubs at the end.

thegrayrace
1 year 6 months ago

Aside from that 8.0 BB/9 with the Dodgers, he was great.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
1 year 6 months ago

Nah, not great — just not terrible.

thegrayrace
1 year 6 months ago

Aside from that 8.0 BB/9 with the Dodgers, he was great.

cubs7691
1 year 6 months ago

Dude is good in non pressure roles.

phasornc
1 year 6 months ago

sound like Miami will be perfect for him them

johnsilver
1 year 6 months ago

Probably the only reliever on the market worse than Kevin Gregg we have yet to hear from. Crying shame he signed with the Fish.. Maybe they will cut him during the spring after he plunks the batboy from wildness, throws one half way up the backstop, or somewhere else 30-40′ away from HP…

Eugene in Oregon
1 year 6 months ago

Don’t forget that the Marlins’ batboy also has to worry about Henry Rodriguez now.

Leonard Washington
1 year 6 months ago

I know that and the trade rumors. You know Loria just ships em off for cheaper bat boys the first month of the season.

Leonard Washington
1 year 6 months ago

I know that and the trade rumors. You know Loria just ships em off for cheaper bat boys the first month of the season.

Segal27
1 year 6 months ago

I laughed about this for about 15 minutes then cried for 30 when I remembered how many times the Cubs lost because of him.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 6 months ago

He’s the reason why the Cardinals won the World Series or at least made the playoffs and then earned the World Series.
No Marmol, No Cardinal World Series. At least that’s how I feel about it!

Segal27
1 year 6 months ago

No Marmol, no baseball.

davengmusic
1 year 6 months ago

They really liked Big Z, so they wanted someone with his resume. That’s all I’ve got.

Gumby65
1 year 6 months ago

Miami, you are welcome.
-Dodgers Pitching Coaches

DinosSavedMammals
1 year 6 months ago

At this rate somebody in the Marlins front office is going to get shocked beyond belief with all this trying to capture lightning in a bottle signings.

jury_rigger
1 year 6 months ago

As a Braves fan, this is wonderful news.

Pelu Maad
1 year 6 months ago

The joke’s on you…and his name is Fredi.

Pelu Maad
1 year 6 months ago

If the Marlins are going to lose…I’d prefer they do it with the young guys. Signing all these retreads and journeymen doesn’t work for me.

Matt Mccarron
1 year 6 months ago

Phillies love old players, Cardinals love young players, A’s love no name players, keep it goin’

Tomahawk237
1 year 6 months ago

Royals love Braves players

Derpington
1 year 6 months ago

Kenny Williams loves Royals players

davengmusic
1 year 6 months ago

I love haiku