Yesterday Carlos Marmol was placed on outright waivers. The move was purely procedural as the Dodgers were already planning on sending Marmol to the minors in hopes of him being able to work out his struggles there. Marmol has cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Triple-A. The Dodgers were already willing to cut their losses with Marmol before the trade went down. Peter Gammons is reporting that the Dodgers were only interested in the international bonus slot they acquired in the deal, not in retaining Marmol as a member of their bullpen. The Dodgers spent about $500K of actual money to acquire just under $210K of pool money, which makes sense, as international spending dollars carry more value than standard dollars due to bonus pool limitations.
What’s next? My guess, not much. I would presume Marmol will work on his mechanics, control, and hope he can bounce back. If he gets on a mean streak in Triple-A I’m sure the Dodgers will call him up and put him on a very short leash. I believe the Dodgers still think there is a solid bullpen pitcher inside Marmol, the only challenge will be resurrecting him from the dead.
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