7/1 Marmol to the Dodgers?
The Cubs would not comment on a report Monday that the Dodgers are close to acquiring Carlos Marmol in a trade. ESPNChicago.com said two sources had confirmed that the Dodgers were close to acquiring the right-hander, who was designated for assignment last Tuesday after compiling a 2-4 record and 5.86 ERA in 31 games. The Chicago Tribune quoted a source as saying the trade was “expected” to go through but had not been finalized.
Marmol is owed nearly $5 million on his remaining $9.8 million salary.
Marmol began the season as the Cubs closer but lost the job in the first week to Kyuji Fujikawa. However, the Japanese pitcher had elbow problems that ultimately resulted in Tommy John surgery. Kevin Gregg, whom the Dodgers released after a solid Spring Training, was signed by the Cubs and is 13-for-14 in save situations.
Teams have expressed an interest in Marmol since he was designated for assignment. The right-hander has walked 21 and given up 26 hits over 27 2/3 innings this season.
– Carrie Muskat