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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
12 519 577 23 35 117 3.57 5.4
Birth Date10-14-1982
Height6' 1"
Weight235 lbs
Age37 years, 0 months, 6 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2006 CHN MLB 19 13 77.0 5 7 0 71 59 59 14 98 8.3 6.9 1.6 6.9 0% .260 1.69 6.43 6.08 140 8.44 172.0 -2.2
2007 CHN MLB 59 0 69.3 5 1 1 41 35 96 3 103 5.3 4.5 0.4 12.5 0% .259 1.10 2.65 1.43 72 2.36 48.7 2.4
2008 CHN MLB 82 0 87.3 2 4 7 40 41 114 10 104 4.1 4.2 1.0 11.7 0% .169 0.93 3.59 2.68 91 3.02 64.5 2.3
2009 CHN MLB 79 0 74.0 2 4 15 43 65 93 2 98 5.2 7.9 0.2 11.3 0% .252 1.46 4.01 3.41 110 4.87 104.4 0.3
2010 CHN MLB 77 0 77.7 2 3 38 40 52 138 1 98 4.6 6.0 0.1 16.0 0% .293 1.18 2.03 2.55 65 2.29 51.7 2.3
2011 CHN MLB 75 0 74.0 2 6 34 54 48 99 5 101 6.6 5.8 0.6 12.0 0% .295 1.38 3.50 4.01 88 3.08 71.6 1.4
2012 CHN MLB 61 0 55.3 3 3 20 40 45 72 4 99 6.5 7.3 0.7 11.7 0% .290 1.54 4.01 3.42 121 6.17 141.4 -0.9
2013 CHN 0 31 0 27.7 2 4 2 26 21 32 6 103 8.5 6.8 2.0 10.4 0% .299 1.70 6.13 5.86 128 5.49 131.4 -0.3
2013 LAN 0 21 0 21.3 0 0 0 14 19 27 1 98 5.9 8.0 0.4 11.4 0% .271 1.55 3.91 2.53 105 3.87 92.6 0.2
2014 MIA MLB 15 0 13.3 0 3 0 16 10 14 3 95 10.8 6.8 2.0 9.5 0% .342 1.95 6.40 8.10 112 5.02 123.1 -0.1
2013 TOT MLB 52 0 49.0 2 4 2 40 40 59 7 101 7.3 7.3 1.3 10.8 0% .000 1.63 5.16 4.41 118 4.78 114.5 -0.1
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2004 LNS A MDW 26 24 154.7 14 8 0 131 53 154 15 7.6 3.1 0.9 9.0 0% .286 1.19 4.04 3.20 0 0.00 0.0
2005 DAY A+ FSL 13 13 72.3 6 2 0 60 37 71 7 7.5 4.6 0.9 8.8 0% -.449 1.34 4.40 2.99 0 0.00 0.0
2005 WTN AA SOU 14 14 81.3 3 4 0 70 40 70 10 31 7.7 4.4 1.1 7.7 0% -.469 1.35 4.99 3.65 116 5.03 99.1
2006 CHN MLB NL 19 13 77.0 5 7 0 71 59 59 14 98 8.3 6.9 1.6 6.9 0% .260 1.69 6.43 6.08 140 8.44 172.0
2006 WTN AA SOU 11 11 58.0 3 2 0 42 25 67 1 6.5 3.9 0.2 10.4 0% .293 1.16 2.23 2.33 0 0.00 0.0
2006 IOW AAA PCL 2 0 3.1 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 97 11.6 2.9 0.0 2.9 0% .364 1.61 3.66 8.71 107 6.10 128.0
2007 CHN MLB NL 59 0 69.3 5 1 1 41 35 96 3 103 5.3 4.5 0.4 12.5 0% .259 1.10 2.65 1.43 72 2.36 48.7
2007 IOW AAA PCL 8 7 41.0 4 1 0 30 12 48 4 114 6.6 2.6 0.9 10.5 0% .257 1.02 3.92 3.95 74 1.79 36.7
2007 LIC Wnt DWL 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 27.0 0% .000 0.00 -2.94 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2007 LIC Wnt DWL 3 0 3.7 0 0 2 0 1 5 0 0.0 2.4 0.0 12.2 0% .000 0.27 1.16 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2007 LIC Wnt DWL 7 0 8.3 1 0 2 1 0 14 0 1.1 0.0 0.0 15.2 0% .083 0.12 -0.32 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2008 CHN MLB NL 82 0 87.3 2 4 7 40 41 114 10 104 4.1 4.2 1.0 11.7 0% .169 0.93 3.59 2.68 91 3.02 64.5
2009 CHN MLB NL 79 0 74.0 2 4 15 43 65 93 2 98 5.2 7.9 0.2 11.3 0% .252 1.46 4.01 3.41 110 4.87 104.4
2010 CHN MLB NL 77 0 77.7 2 3 38 40 52 138 1 98 4.6 6.0 0.1 16.0 0% .293 1.18 2.03 2.55 65 2.29 51.7
2011 CHN MLB NL 75 0 74.0 2 6 34 54 48 99 5 101 6.6 5.8 0.6 12.0 0% .295 1.38 3.50 4.01 88 3.08 71.6
2012 CHN MLB NL 61 0 55.3 3 3 20 40 45 72 4 99 6.5 7.3 0.7 11.7 0% .290 1.54 4.01 3.42 121 6.17 141.4
2012 IOW AAA PCL 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 4 0 4.5 9.0 0.0 18.0 0% .333 1.50 2.66 0.00 70 2.50 52.0
2013 CHN MLB NL 31 0 27.7 2 4 2 26 21 32 6 103 8.5 6.8 2.0 10.4 0% .299 1.70 6.13 5.86 128 5.49 131.4
2013 LAN MLB NL 21 0 21.3 0 0 0 14 19 27 1 98 5.9 8.0 0.4 11.4 0% .271 1.55 3.91 2.53 105 3.87 92.6
2013 RCU A+ CAL 3 0 3.0 0 0 1 4 1 4 2 12.0 3.0 6.0 12.0 0% .286 1.67 10.76 6.00 116 5.22 113.4
2013 CHT AA SOU 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.0 4.5 0.0 9.0 0% .000 0.50 3.90 0.00 93 2.96 64.4
2014 MIA MLB NL 15 0 13.3 0 3 0 16 10 14 3 95 10.8 6.8 2.0 9.5 0% .342 1.95 6.40 8.10 112 5.02 123.1
2014 LOU AAA INT 3 0 3.7 0 1 0 2 6 6 1 4.9 14.7 2.5 14.7 0% .167 2.18 8.53 7.36 130 5.78 122.3
2015 COH AAA INT 28 0 31.0 3 1 13 19 27 48 1 5.5 7.8 0.3 13.9 0% .295 1.48 3.08 2.03 86 3.25 71.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 1447 0.5135 0.3780 0.7185 0.5209 0.2273 0.7726 0.5875 0.2815
2009 1430 0.5112 0.3713 0.7194 0.5116 0.2246 0.8048 0.5159 0.2806
2010 1407 0.4869 0.3767 0.5925 0.4715 0.2867 0.7214 0.3913 0.4075
2011 1435 0.5003 0.3895 0.6887 0.5042 0.2748 0.7790 0.5228 0.3113
2012 1102 0.4655 0.3521 0.7294 0.4737 0.2462 0.8683 0.4966 0.2706
2013 916 0.4618 0.3952 0.6989 0.5248 0.2840 0.8063 0.5286 0.3011
2014 263 0.4829 0.4144 0.7339 0.5748 0.2647 0.8082 0.5833 0.2661
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-24 2014-04-29 DTD 5 3 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-05-11 2012-05-28 15-DL 17 16 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-03-21 2012-03-26 Camp 5 0 Right Hand Cramp - -
2009-04-25 2009-04-29 DTD 4 4 Knee Strain -
2008-10-07 2008-10-07 Off 0 0 Head Concussion Car Accident -
2006-08-19 2006-09-05 15-DL 17 16 Right Upper Arm Fatigue Biceps -
2006-07-23 2006-07-23 DTD 0 0 Hand Contusion HBP -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 CLE $
2014 MIA $1,250,000
2013 CHN $9,800,000
2012 CHN $7,000,000
2011 CHN $3,200,000
2010 CHN $2,125,000
2009 CHN $575,000
2008 CHN $430,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$24,380,000
7 yrTotal$24,380,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 75 dKinzer Management1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Boston as a free agent 2/16/16 (minor-league contract). Released by Boston 3/28/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 5/8/15 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$1.25M (2014). Signed by Miami as a free agent 2/6/14. DFA by Miami 5/11/14. Released 5/19/14. Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 5/28/14 (minor-league contract). Released by Cincinnati 11/7/14.
  • 3 years/$20M (2011-13). Signed extension with Chicago Cubs 2/14/11 (avoided arbitration, $5.65M-$4.1M). 11:$3.2M, 12:$7M, 13:$9.8M. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade 7/2/13 after being DFA by Chicago Cubs 6/25/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/4/13. Contract selected by LA Dodgers 7/23/13.
  • 1 year/$2.125M (2010). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/4/10 (avoided arbitration, $2.5M-$1.75M). Performance bonus: $50,000 each for 55, 60 games finished.
  • 1 year/$0.575M (2009). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/25/09.
  • 1 year/$0.43M (2008). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 11/05.
  • Signed by Chicago Cubs 1999 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Carlos Marmol led all International League regulars in walks per nine innings. The last time a Columbus clipper was this far off the mark, the Santa MarĂ­a made landfall on Guanahani instead of India.
2015 It may finally be the end for Marmol. He broke camp with the Marlins and the league promptly broke him. The Reds tossed a rope into the abyss and offered him a minor-league deal so he could extricate himself from the darkness, but after three appearances, six walks and a 7.36 ERA, Cincinnati declared "enough" and cut bait. If he is done, Marmol concludes his career with the highest walk rate (6.2 BB/9) of any pitcher with at least 500 innings since 1995 and the sixth-highest walk rate in the history of baseball. Someone drop some crackers down there, at least.
2014 The Cubs finally admitted they had a problem, trading Marmol and a bag of cash for Matt Guerrier in June. The human walk machine had been particularly homer-prone during his final three months in Chicago—say what you will about him, but he's always been tough to hit. On June 16th, he entered a 3-0 game, gave up a solo home run to Marlon Byrd, and then the walk-off dinger to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who entered the game slugging .138 and being Kirk Nieuwenhuis. That punched Marmol's ticket out of town. The Dodgers let Marmol stretch his wings in the minors for a few weeks before inviting him to Chavez Ravine, where he reverted to his usual walk-wielding, homer-suppressing ways. Other than acquiring punchline status, Marmol is basically the same pitcher he has always been, with a 94 mph fastball, a wayward slider that he uses with near-equal frequency and 20-grade balance that produces unpredictable pitch locations.
2013 Batters can't figure out where Marmol's pitches are going. Then again, neither can he. That gives him low home-run rates and gaudy strikeout numbers, but it also means that he issues an impressive number of free passes. At one point the Cubs lost patience waiting for him to find the strike zone and demoted him from the closer's role. And then the rest of the bullpen reminded the team it had few other acceptable options. Marmol came within a hair's breadth of being traded to the Angels, and it's possible the Cubs could try to deal him again.
2012 Marmol held opposing hitters to just a .205 batting average in 2011 while striking out 12 batters per nine innings. That these rates were disappointing is due to various factors. First, his 2010 season was one for the ages, with 16 K/9 and .147 batting average allowed. Signing a new three-year contract after that great season set expectations high. Then there's the fact that Marmol led the league (and tied for the MLB lead) in blown saves, with 10. Of more concern to the Cubs front office is the precipitous drop in velocity he demonstrated. In 2009 and 2010, his fastball averaged over 94 mph, but he rarely even topped 95 mph in 2011, and sat under 92. While his slider—his weapon of choice against most foes—is still a wipe-out pitch against hitters from either side of the plate, losing the edge on his fastball gives them a bit more time, and they now occasionally make solid contact, an all-but-unheard-of occurrence before 2011. Since Marmol pitches with a crazymaking lack of control, he needs to be nearly perfect when he does throw strikes to regain closer-worthy effectiveness.
2011 Using 40 innings pitched as a cutoff, Marmol struck out a major-league-leading 42 percent of all batters; he also walked 14 percent of his opponents. The other seven pitchers who walked that many lost their jobs or won their walking papers, but they didn't have Marmol's K-rate (the fourth-highest all-time) going for them. The only three seasons ahead of Marmol were Eric Gagne's enhanced 2003 (44.8 percent), Billy Wagner's 1999 (43.4 percent), and Brad Lidge's 2004 (42.6 percent). If Crash Davis is right about strikeouts, then fascism's on the rise and Marmol is the reigning Duce. By expected wins added, his 2010 season constitutes the third-best Cubs relief season ever, behind Bruce Sutter's 1977 and Lee Smith's 1983. What is particularly remarkable is that Marmol, more than anyone, was the reliever being used in a real fireman's role, pitching with 40 inherited baserunners, more than twice as many as most of the game's other 30-save guys, 10 times as many as David Aardsma or Francisco Cordero, and 10 more than Brian Wilson. We shall see if this inspires more managers to reach for their closers earlier than the ninth, but Marmol's utter dominance didn't lose anything to being asked to come into the eighth or pitch from the stretch from the outset. His control issues sound terrible, but they boil down to giving the man a clean slate against someone who might be even more hard-pressed to make contact. Marmol doesn't give in to batters—he can afford to give up and smoke the next guy.
2010 Carlos Marmol couldn’t throw a ball straight if he tried, and while the ridiculous movement he generates keeps batters from putting balls in play, it creates baserunners in other ways. Marmol struggled to throw either his fastball or slider over the plate, walking or plunking 23% of the batters he faced. He also struck out 27%, making his 2009 season one of the most contact-averse in history, but the spike in his walk rate reduced his Adjusted Runs Prevented total from 2008’s league-leading 26.0 to a decidedly pedestrian 7.9. Finally handed the ninth-inning keys in mid-August after Kevin Gregg blew one too many saves, Marmol enters the season as the incumbent closer, but he will have to earn back the organization’s confidence.
2009 The NL leader in Adjusted Runs Prevented, Marmol has served his apprenticeship and should be ready to step into a power closer's role that extends beyond merely logging ninth-innings saves and collecting high-fives. What that should mean is slightly fewer appearances but no real drop in his innings pitched, as he comes into tight games earlier than someone straightjacketed into the Eck role. He'll have to go through the drill of "winning" the job in competition with journeyman Kevin Gregg, but talent will be less the driving factor than Piniella's adapting to the new order.
2008 A lot of Cubs fans were up in arms that Marmol was not the team's closer by the end of the season, comparing the situation to that of the 2006 Tigers, who had Joel Zumaya in the Marmol role and Todd Jones playing Dempster. The analogy is a pretty good one, but one needs to remember what happened to Zumaya in 2007: his ERA spiked, and he suffered a career-threatening shoulder injury. Although Marmol is not likely to duplicate Zumaya's history of fluke injuries, he can expect to see his ERA rise, mostly because the high heat he throws is good, but not good enough to let him repeat the mere three home runs he allowed in 2007. To build on his breakout season, Marmol will have to rely less on his fastball and instead work on throwing his good curveball down in the zone.
2007 When you hit .149 in the Midwest League, as Marmol did in 2002, you need to think about changing your career. Marmol did, moving from the outfield to the mound. He blossomed at Double-A last year, but letting someone who has 60 professional starts in his entire career skip Triple-A seems precipitous. He did well in the majors initially, showing a nearly unhittable curve, but he also kept showing lefties a very hittable changeup. He was pounded hard over the last two months, but that`s more reflective of a biceps injury than any lack of ability. After some steady work at Iowa, he`ll be back in the rotation mix.
2006 Sometimes pitching prospects come from top college programs, sometimes they come from academies in Latin America, sometimes they come from a Texas high school, and sometimes, like Marmol, they come out of nowhere. A Dominican who spent his first four years as a pro in the outfield, the Cubs? made him a pitcher in `03. He throws a nice moving fastball, but also has surprising command of a changeup and some interesting breaking stuff. That assortment, coupled with his speedy ascent and success at Double-A has ended talk of a future in the bullpen. Despite being a little rough around the edges, he`s come very far very fast. In a system loaded with highly-touted young pitchers, he`s the sleeper.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-11-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)If $60MM, in addition to Bruce/Swarzak is going to the Mets in this deal, is it kind of a steal? Say they use the $60MM to pay down ~2 in 2019 and ~10 in 2020 to make the money neutral given Swarzak/Bruce, that means they only pay cano ~8 for the last 3
(Brady from Danvile)
Has that actually been confirmed anywhere because lordy let me tell you the Mets side of these negotiations was leaked like Carlos Marmol's fastball, all over the place and only occasionally effective. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-12-05 20:00:00 (link to chat)No question, just letting you know I landed Bear Claw as part of a larger trade in a SV+HLD dynasty league a few days ago. Both for the good and bad, I'm holding you accountable.
(Jim G. from Naples)
Welcome to #TeamBearclaw. So far, I've been right about Kyle Barraclough through two years. The command is still in Carlos Marmol territory, but if he harnesses it, we're looking at something special. He posted 14.0 K/9 with lackluster control, so keep that in mind. I'm a huge fan. (George Bissell)
2013-07-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why do Carlos Marmol's mechanics make me want to throw up in an airsickness bag? Am I correct when I hypothesize that Marmol's control could increase ten fold if he had proper balance?
(Brady Childs from On His Couch in Louisville, CO)
Great call - Marmol might have the worst balance in the game, an easy 20 grade. His command would certainly benefit from better balance, and there is no functional reason why it would cost him anything stuff-wise. They say if ain't broke, don't fix it - but it has been broken for years. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)How do I value Addison Reed if I just started a dynasty rebuild? I know closers should be the first thing to go in a rebuild, but I can't help but believe he's relatively stable and likely to help me when I compete again in 2-3 years. Thanks
(JoeTinker from Chicago)
Here is a list of all closers who recorded 25 or more saves in 2010: Brian Wilson (48), Heath Bell (47), Rafael Soriano (45), Joakim Soria (43), Matt Capps (42), Neftali Feliz (40), Francisco Cordero (40), Carlos Marmol (38), Billy Wagner (37), Jonathan Papelbon (37), Kevin Gregg (37), Mariano Rivera (33), David Aardsma (31), Juan Oviedo (30), Bobby Jenks (27), Ryan Franklin (27), Brad Lidge (27), Jose Valverde (26), Francisco Rodriguez (25) and Andrew Bailey (25). (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)MG What's going on? In a yahoo league rotisserie standard 8 team league. I really need to make a couple of adjustments. Need to add another pitcher and solid bar to this line up. This league is tough with trades! Who should we ditch and is there anyone we should be tracking or picking up? Here is the squad, 1. (6) Albert Pujols 1B 2. (11) Joe Mauer C,1B 3. (22) Jacoby Ellsbury OF 4. (27) Evan Longoria 3B 5. (38) Matt Holliday OF 6. (43) Cliff Lee SP 7. (54) Shin-Soo Choo OF 8. (59) Jose Altuve 2B 9. (70) Jimmy Rollins SS 10. (75) Roy Halladay SP 11. (86) Huston Street RP 12. (91) Addison Reed RP 13. (102) Anthony Rizzo 1B 14. (107) Jason Grilli RP 15. (118) Tim Lincecum SP 16. (123) Alex Gordon OF 17. (134) Carlos Marmol RP 18. (139) Dan Haren SP 19. (150) Kenley Jansen RP 20. (155) Rickie Weeks 2B 21. (166) Alejandro De Aza OF 22. (171) J.P. Arencibia C Guys who are available. FYI Materson, ziti, e Santana, pettitte Crisp, wells, m Saunders, carpenter, werth
(coach53 from Ct)
Hey Coach

Without knowing what the rules are regarding how deep your reserve lists are and what your free agent pool looks like it's difficult to offer specific advice. Your roster looks strong, but 8-team mixed probably has a lot of rosters that look like this. Dan Haren and Tim Lincecum seem like players that you should be upgrading on. Feel free to drop Carlos Marmol, and as much as I love Kenley Jansen if there's a closer out there, get him; in an 8-team league you shouldn't be speculating on future saves but getting saves here and now. The free agents you list don't look particularly great which - again - makes me wonder how deep your reserve lists are. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)So, who do you have finishing the season with the most saves for the Cubs, Cards and Brewers? thanks
(Kevin from Boston)
For the Cubs, I would have to guess Kyuji Fujikawa. Carlos Marmol might get the job again, but he would probably be put in there to showcase him for a trade. Trevor Rosenthal isn't the closer now in St. Louis, but Mitchell Boggs has already struggled so if I'm going to guess, I'm going to guess the guy with the skills and the stuff. Milwaukee is a mystery to me. I thought John Axford would lose the job but had no idea it would happen so quickly. I would guess Jim Henderson, but he has some of the same control/command issues that Ax does/did. My sleeper in this pen is Brandon Kintzler, but I don't see Kintzler as having a path to the job at the moment. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is different about Carlos Marmol now than when his K/9 was near 18?
(Xoomwaffle from Tallahassee, FL)
Short answer is they shortened him up. My last post from 2011 at Cubs f/x covered the problem, and it's the same deal now. http://www.cubsfx.com/ Basically, his velocity and movement converged. His velocity gap may be back a little now but he's lost the nasty sweep on his slider and tail on his fastball. What's most frustrating is now he's still as wild as before but guys can get a good bat on his stuff now. It wasn't the case before, where he was effectively wild. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-03-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Daniel, thanks for the chat. As the rumor guru, what is the biggest deal you think might happen before opening day? Conversely, what is the deal you would most like to see happen?
(LoyalRoyal from Tourney town)
I don't think we'll get any blockbusters over the next 10 days, but I could see the Cubs finding a taker for Carlos Marmol or the Dodgers unloading Ted Lilly or Aaron Harang. I would like to see the Rangers find a way to trade for an established starter, given that they have the prospect depth to do it, but I'm not sure that either Harang or Lilly would offer a material upgrade over their internal options. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-10-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does ARodys Vizcaino develop ito a starer, or is he destined for the bullpen?
(captnamerca from Dunedin, FL)
I believe Chicago will develop him as a reliever, and he could replace Carlos Marmol as the Cubs' closer as soon as 2014. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think Carlos Marmol will go for in a standard 5x5, $260 league? High risk/reward pick at that price? Have had him and love the K's, but... Thanks...
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
He actually seems to be undervalued, from what I've seen in mocks thus far. I don't know, maybe he'll go for $12? That would be a pretty good price for a closer like him. (Derek Carty)
2011-07-13 12:30:00 (link to chat)What would the return package look like in a trade for Carlos Marmol?
(squirrelmasterz from Seattle)
Marmol is signed for two more seasons, but like a lot of Cubs players, he'll be making a pretty penny in both of them (especially the second one: $9.8 million). That'll cut down on the caliber of the prospects coming back, unless the Cubs include cash, but given that he signed his extension before this season, the Cubs might not be looking to trade him. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)You have to like the back-end of the Cubs pen(Wood,Marshall, Marmol), no?
(Matt from Chicago)
Carlos Marmol is my favorite freak in the whole world. It's this crazy high-wire act that makes no sense but is exhilarating. He's the Cirque du Soleil of closers. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why isn't there more of a push for Jim Hendry to trade Carlos Marmol? He is an arm injury waiting to happen and solid closers are wasted on bad teams (see Soria).
(Goose from Chicago)
I guess the question is about getting equal value for him. I do think it would be a smart rebuilding move, but I'd bet he's just as valuable in July as now. Maybe they're looking around for suitors already...who knows? (Matt Swartz)
2010-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much more difficult to hit would Carlos Marmol's slider be if he grew a beard? I think it's all that's keeping him from perfection.
(Mike from Chicago)
Carlos Marmol is one of my favorite statistical oddities. Here are his pop up rates from 2008 onward: 19.8%, 13.9%, 12.2%. That's crazy! (Tommy Bennett)
2010-07-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Ken, The Mets have lost three road games in the last five days in their opponents' last at-bat, while K-Rod only got work in mop-up duty on Saturday in a 6-1 win. Manuel says he's not wavering from his belief in the "no closer in tie games on the road" mentality, but we're falling out of wild card race on the backs of Ollie Perez and Fernando Nieve. What did we do to deserve this?
(Dan from Brooklyn)
While last night, as an example, TLR let Ryan Franklin work the 9th and 10th on the road in a tie game. And hey presto, they won! Meanwhile, Carlos Marmol pitched only the 9th and gave way to the immortal Brian Schlitter (whose one-line comment in the 2009 BP Annual is one of my all-time faves), who worked two innings and took the loss. I hate, just hate, stuff like that.

What did you do to deserve this? You chose the wrong hometown team to root for, I guess (something I, too, am guilty of). (Ken Funck)
2010-07-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why aren't the Cubs looking to deal Carlos Marmol? I despise closers on bad teams (Soria) and he is a prime injury candidate. If they are as enamored with Andrew Cashner and ready to declare him their closer of the future, why not put Marmol on the market as the other RP available are a joke?
(Gray from Chicago)
I think they view Cashner as a starter long-term, and I don't think they view Marmol as an injury waiting to happen. Marmol's cheap, and they don't want to trade anyone that's both cheap and effective. (Ken Funck)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Re: Sheehan bullpen usage...what if the manager is misidentifying his pitchers on purpose? If I know that Carlos Marmol is a better pitcher than Kevin Gregg, I am sure Pinella knows it too. But by naming Gregg his "closer" Lou is now able to use Marmol in high leverage situations without the controversy of using his "closer" in the 7th inning. I know your answer will be, "who cares about the controversy" but it would exist and be a distraction. This may be Lou's work-around.
(danbrod11 from Greenwich, CT)
Maybe. But we're back to the inning issue. If the #7 spot leads off the eighth in a one-run game, in your scenario, Gregg should pitch the eighth. He won't.

The inning needs to be removed as the driving factor in these decisions. The entire closer myth is predicated on the idea that the ninth is somehow harder than the seventh and eighth, regardless of other factors. That's false, and damaging. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which pitchers participating in the WBC worry you most as far exerting themselves too much too early in the spring? Liriano comes to mind for me. I wish the Twins had done what the Rays did with Kazmir.
(Jonathan from New York)
I'd heard that Liriano was out. I honestly haven't looked at the rosters that hard. Carlos Marmol comes to mind. (Will Carroll)
2008-09-23 13:30:00 (link to chat)It hadn't occured to me until that comment on B. Lidge, but isn't Carlos Marmol some kind of dead ringer for Lidge? They give up big homers but otherwise have filthy sliders, keep the hits down but give up some walks...they're even on the same career path. Yes/no?
(Henry F. from Chitown)
The arm angles are so different that the comp doesn't work very well, but just on stat lines, yes, I see the similarities. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you say is the Cubs' MVP through the first two months of the season? Seems like there are A LOT of viable candidates.
(Scrapper from Itasca)
Probably too many good candidates to name (which is a great problem btw). If I had pick one, I'll go with Carlos Zambrano. He's 8-1 and has gotten off to maybe the best start of his career. You know he's going to give you a great chance to win every 5th day. Offensively, it's just too difficult for me to pick one guy. My honorable mention is Carlos Marmol. (Len Kasper)
2008-06-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Len - I've started a nickname for Carlos Marmol among my friends: The Wolf. The reason is, when he comes in the game I feel like Jules in Pulp Fiction when he finds out that Marsellus is sending The Wolf - totally at ease. Any chance you can help to spread the nickname? (Feel free to develop a more fan-friendly explanation, wolf in sheep's clothing, etc). Thanks!
(Jivas from Oak Park, IL)
Interesting analogy.

My favorite line:

"Who's Zed?"
"Zed's dead, baby" (Len Kasper)
2008-05-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why isn't Carlos Marmol starting?
(Rob from Bloomington, IL)
Because I think this is one of those Jonathan Papelbon cases where a guy has so outperformed expectations in the bullpen that you don't tinker with that. I think I'd honestly rather try Kerry Wood in the rotation and make Marmol my closer. (Nate Silver)
2008-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Kevin, do the Cubs have any Carlos Marmol type arms lying in the weeds in AA or AAA?
(Pat from Chicago)
If they did, they certainly wouldn't be lying in the weeds. YOu can't with that kind of stuff. Jose Ceda might have that kind of stuff, but he's in High A right now. (Kevin Goldstein)


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