Top Cubs officials have told Carlos Marmol's representatives at Kinzer Management Group to expect a trade this season, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. However, Marmol won't be going anywhere in the next couple of weeks, despite the increasing trade talk surrounding him.
Theo Epstein & Co. could look to move the closer once he presumably re-establishes his trade value this summer and Kyuji Fujikawa shows that he has adjusted to the majors. Some people in baseball have doubts about Marmol's ability to be the go-to guy in the ninth and one high-level evaluator for a contending team told Wittenmyer that he feels the veteran simply can't close.
Marmol, 30, is set to earn $9.8MM in the final year of his contract. Several teams have reportedly inquired on the veteran, including the Tigers.