2/12 Cubs notebook: Marmol takes physical

Carlos Marmol underwent his physical Saturday at Fitch Park and the Cubs were expected to announce a long-term deal with their closer this week. Marmol, 28, who is the team’s only arbitration eligible player still unsigned, wouldn’t comment on Saturday. Asked if a deal was done, he said: “Not yet.”

The two sides have exchanged arbitration figures, with the Cubs submitting an offer of $4.1 million, while Marmol is seeking $5.65 million. However, all signs indicate the two sides could settle on a multi-year contract. If Marmol and the Cubs agreed to a three-year deal, he would be giving up his first year of free agency. He has one more arbitration year, then becomes a free agent in 2013.

Marmol converted 38 of 43 save opportunities last season, and averaged a Major League record 15.99 strikeouts per nine innings.

Cubs pitchers and catchers report on Sunday to Fitch Park, although many have already been working out in camp, including Matt Garza, Carlos Zambrano and John Grabow. The first workout will be Monday.

* Angel Guzman, coming back from surgery on his right shoulder, threw off a mound Friday for the second time since having the procedure. He is not throwing at full speed but is making progress.

* The Cubs players have kept busy during the little down time they’ve had in early workouts by playing Ping Pong. Tyler Colvin is the offseason leader in head-to-head play so far.

* Among the players working with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo on Saturday were Colvin, Marlon Byrd, Darwin Barney, Jim Adduci, Steve Clevenger, Chris Robinson, and Micah Gibbs.

* The Fitch Park facility has been improved with the addition of four covered batting cages, so that six are now available instead of two. Plus, the screens can be moved and up to eight pitchers can throw in just in case there is inclement weather.

– Carrie Muskat

4 Comments

Strange how a player such as Marmol who is infinatley more valuable to the Cubs than Soriano ever was is the last player signed to JUST a 3 year deal as if it is a challenge to give this guy 5.6 million a year for JUST 3 years. I wonder how many other teams would take THAT small gamble while laughing at the contract Hendry gave Soriano. Soriano is making almost 20 mil a year for EIGHT years while a more worth player is left to negotiate almost one quarter of that salary per year for three years. I think a 3 year deal for any player is just about right but compared to how Hendry screwed up the payroll, roster and future with Soriano’s contract Marmol’s request for 5.6 seems like a gift.
And are the Cubs hell bent on getting a “Micah” to stick with the major league club? First they traded for Micah Bowie, then toy with Micah Haffpauir and now Micah Gibbs?? Does Hendry get a bonus for the number of “Micahs” on the roster? Since he is still employed I guess nothing would surprise me.

@ joeydafish

I disagree.

1) Relief pitchers are unpredictable, so long-term deals aren’t the best. So I’d expect a three-year deal to take longer than avoiding arbitration with the other players on one-year deal (and Marshall on a two-year).
2) Not Hendry’s fault about Soriano’s contract. The Tribune added two years to Hendry’s 6-year offer, so i would only have gone through 2012.

@ joeydafish

I disagree.

1) Relief pitchers are unpredictable, so long-term deals aren’t the best. So I’d expect a three-year deal to take longer than avoiding arbitration with the other players on one-year deal (and Marshall on a two-year).
2) Not Hendry’s fault about Soriano’s contract. The Tribune added two years to Hendry’s 6-year offer, so i would only have gone through 2012.

@Jntg4
So…the EIGHT YEAR deal is NOT Hendry’s fault? He’s the GM for crying out loud and had NO business even targeting an aging defensive liability to play left field for his National league team. As if SIX years would have been acceptable, that’s funny. Six years or eight years, a slow, painful death either way. At least Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune agrees with me as he commented in today’s paper after hearing that Andy McFAIL stated the 250 million dollar contract given to Alex Rodriguez was the worst in baseball history…”McPhail ought to get a thank you note from Alfonso Soriano”. THAT is so true. Thank goodness there are some writers still left in Chicago that can tell it like it is. And if you read my comment I clearly stated that a 3 year deal is just about right for ANY player and did not at all lobbied for a longer term for Marmol. Who’s worth more to this team for JUST 2011? Marmol or the 10 million dollar Carlos Pena?

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