Whispers started floating around the internet yesterday afternoon centered around the Dodgers and Carlos Marmol. We heard that the boys in blue almost had a deal done with the Chicago Cubs to land the former closer. The Dodgers have struggled in the late innings this year due to the inconsistencies of Matt Guerrier, Peter Moylan, and Brandon League.
As long as the price tag fits, I think Marmol would be a solid addition for the Dodgers. The kid has way too much talent to explain his ineffectiveness this season. Sure there are some red flags that come along with the trade, but as long as the Dodgers don’t absorb too much cash and don’t send top prospects to Chicago, then what’s the risk really?
I like the idea of a Matt Guerrier or Luis Cruz for Marmol swap, or heck even two for one. All three players are in DFA limbo at the moment, so it is certainly possible. There are some hurdles left, as the Dodgers are on Marmol’s limited no-trade list, and he’s owed about $5MM for the rest of the season.
Marmol has a 3.50 ERA with a healthy 11.7 K/9 in 542 1/3 career innings, but that’s blending some really good years with the last couple rough ones. He walk ratio is at 6.1 walks per nine innings pitched, yikes. His command issues have been a problem and they seem to be getting worse, and to make matters worse his strikeout rate has dropped in 2013. I still say roll the dice, hope to fix the flaws, and keep your fingers crossed.
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