Originally written on BAseball Reality Tour  |  Last updated 11/8/14
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The Dodgers traded for exiled Cubs closer Carlos Marmol this morning, sending Matt Guerrier to Chicago. Today is a somber day for Cubs' fans. The team DFA'd Marmol a few days ago, but many expected him to simply end up in Iowa because no-one would claim him on waivers. No-one claimed Marmol's massive contract, but the Dodgers traded for him and cash before he had any chance at rebuilding value in Triple-A.Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesCarlos Marmol was an ineffective starter and low leverage reliever in his rookie season of 2006. He was a converted position player just trying to figure this whole pitching thing out. With the aid of a low-to-mid 90's fastball and one of the best sliders in baseball history, Carlos Marmol was a lightning bolt out of the Cubs bullpen for the next four seasons.In 2010, his first full season as Cubs closer Carlos Marmol struck out 42% of the batters he faced. People seem to forget he had four really good season; the lows have been just that low....
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