Results tagged ‘ Carlos Marmol ’

11/30 Prepping for Nashville

The Winter Meetings will be next week in Nashville, and the Cubs still have some holes to fill. Whether they sign free agents or acquire talent via trade, one thing is certain. No one is untouchable.

“We lost 101 games last year,” GM Jed Hoyer said. “I don’t think we’re in position to say we have enough talent, or to say to any one player on the roster he’s untouchable. We certainly have several players who we would have a hard time parting with and it would take a heck of a package to make it happen.

“In general, there shouldn’t be many untouchables in the game and there usually aren’t and I think they certainly shouldn’t be on teams looking to acquire a lot of talent,” he said. “I think the answer is no, but that’s no disrespect to the players we have. We just need to acquire a lot of talent.”

It could be a busy week.  The Cubs do want to add more pitching.

“We still look at it as an area of need,” Hoyer said. “We’re actively looking to improve our bullpen and we haven’t been able to address that yet this winter with the exception of bringing back Shawn Camp.”

Plus, because Scott Baker and Arodys Vizcaino, acquired from the Braves, are both coming off Tommy John surgery, and Matt Garza had his season shortened by an elbow injury, the Cubs need depth. They also want to add an outfielder who can play center or right, and need help for the bench.

Hoyer did confirm that Japanese pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa was considering the Cubs and did tour Wrigley Field. However, Hoyer would not comment on the negotiations or provide a timetable. He did say they were impressed by the right-hander.

“If we bring in someone who has closing experience, or a number of guys who have closing experience, that’s no knock on Carlos,” Hoyer said. “I think every team in baseball wants to have an assortment of guys back there who if the need arises can pitch in the ninth inning. Hopefully we can do that.”

— Carrie Muskat

11/2 Marmol timeline

Anyone who has watched Carlos Marmol pitch knows it’s rare for him to have a 1-2-3 inning. The same could be said of the reports Friday regarding a possible deal between the Cubs and Angels which would’ve sent Marmol to Anaheim in exchange for Dan Haren — including comments by Marmol himself. However, a Cubs source confirmed to late Friday that no deal was made with the Angels.

Here’s a timeline, thanks to MLB Trade Rumors which tracks these things, of a wild and crazy night:

6:50 p.m. CT: ESPN Chicago reported the Cubs have acquired Dan Haren from the Angels in exchange for Carlos Marmol. El Caribe, a Dominican Republic media outlet, first reported the deal, quoting Marmol.

“I like Anaheim,” Marmol told El Caribe. “They have talent, and they’ll give me an opportunity. I’m grateful to Chicago.”

7:56 p.m. CT:’s Alden Gonzalez reports the deal is not complete and the Angels are talking to other teams.

8:09 p.m. CT: Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports the Angels and Cubs may be waiting on MLB approval because of the money involved.

8:29 p.m. CT: Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports the two sides have not agreed to a trade, although he says the Cubs did ask Marmol if he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to Anaheim.

8:42 p.m. CT: Rosenthal reports the deal will happen if Marmol agrees to the Angels.

9:20 p.m. CT: A Cubs source tells the trade is not happening.

9:27 p.m. CT: Rosenthal said Marmol would have approved a deal to the Angels but that the Cubs pulled it off the table.

— Carrie Muskat

11/2 Marmol staying put

Carlos Marmol apparently jumped the gun on being traded. Marmol told a news outlet in the Dominican Republic that he was going to the Angels.

“I like Anaheim,” Marmol told El Caribe. “They have talent and they’ll give me an opportunity. I’m grateful to Chicago.”

There were reports that Marmol was being dealt for Dan Haren, but those reports are false. The Cubs never confirmed the trade.

Marmol, 30, is coming off a season in which he converted 20 of 23 save opportunities, and posted a 3.42 ERA in 61 games.

Haren, 32, had pitched 200 innings until last season when he totaled a career-low 176 2/3 innings. He also was on the disabled list for the first time with back problems.

Marmol was to receive $9.8 million next year, while Haren had a $15.5 million option. The Angels were believed to be willing to pay the $3.5 million buyout in order to get a quality player in return. Haren has said he didn’t want to leave California. Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto had to decide on Haren’s option by 11 p.m. CT.

— Carrie Muskat

9/12 Marmol’s streak

Cubs closer Carlos Marmol has converted 18 straight saves, and has a 0.52 ERA in those games. It’s the first time he’s converted 18 in a row in his career (he was successful on 17 straight at the end of the 2010 season). Marmol is one of only three pitchers in MLB to be perfect in save opportunities since the beginning of May, joining the Rangers’ Joe Nathan (25-for-25) and the Padres’ Huston Street (18-for-18).

With one more save, Marmol will become the fifth pitcher in Cubs history with three-straight seasons of 20 or more saves, joining Lee Smith (five straight, 1983-87), Bruce Sutter (four straight, 1977-80), Ryan Dempster (three straight, 2005-07) and Randy Myers (three straight, 1993-95). Overall, Marmol has 114 saves with the Cubs, third on the all-time list.

— Carrie Muskat

9/2 Marmol: “It’s a bad day today”

Carlos Marmol had given up one earned run in the month of August but the National League West leading Giants were able to double that in one inning. Angel Pagan hit a tie-breaking RBI single with one out in the ninth inning to power the Giants to a 7-5 victory over Marmol and the Cubs Sunday, and take the series.

“You’re not going to be perfect all year long,” Marmol said. “A couple walks, a couple base hits. Tomorrow’s a new day. I’ll try to get the save tomorrow. I call it a bad day today.”

With the game tied at 5 in the Giants’ ninth against Marmol (2-3), Xavier Nady walked and was lifted for pinch-runner Gregor Blanco. Marmol then struck out Brandon Belt on three pitches, and Blanco stole second during Brandon Crawford’s at-bat. But Crawford walked, and Pagan smacked a single to center. Marco Scutaro followed with another RBI single. Marmol, who lost the closer’s job earlier this year, had converted his last 16 save opportunities. Sunday was not a save situation.

“Since he’s been back in the closer’s role, he’s been as good as anybody in baseball, if not the best in that stretch,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “It’s not going to be perfect all the time, and today didn’t go his way, or our way, too. That’s a first-place team battling, great at-bats, and putting some hits together, a leadoff walk. That’s a championship first-place club.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/15 Soriano, Marmol clear waivers’s Jon Heyman reports Alfonso Soriano has cleared waivers, and is eligible to be traded anywhere, pending his approval. Soriano, 36, has a no-trade clause. He is still owed about $45 million through the end of the 2014 season. There has been speculation the Giants may be interested in Soriano following the news of Melky Cabrera’s 50-game suspension. However, Soriano reportedly told the Cubs he would not accept a trade to the Giants earlier this season. Heyman also reports that Cubs closer Carlos Marmol has cleared waivers.

Soriano said he didn’t think San Francisco was a good fit.

“I saw the news [about Cabrera] — somebody told me,” Soriano said. “I feel sorry for him because he was having an unbelievable year. I don’t know why people take those drugs. They know if they take something, someday they’re going to get them. I don’t know what the Giants want to do. We’ll see.”

The Cubs have not talked to Soriano about any possible deals. What does he think about going to the Giants?

“I don’t think so,” Soriano said. “San Francisco is not good weather to play in. We’ll see what happens. I’ll talk to my family. It’s not my call — I only have 50 percent of the call. It’s my family, too. I’ll talk to them in case [the Cubs] call.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/13 Extra bases

* Jeff Samardzija starts Monday night for the Cubs. He’s coming off a loss against the Padres in which he gave up one run on four hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out six and also broke his bat over his knee. He threw 112 pitches, one shy of his season high, set May 18 against the White Sox. Samardzija has struck out 130 while walking 49. The Cubs are 11-11 in his starts. He has received two or fewer runs of support while on the mound in each of his last six starts.

* Alfonso Soriano has eight RBIs in his last eight games and has stolen a base in three of his last six contests. His 25 doubles are two shy of the 27 he collected all of last year. Soriano’s 20 go-ahead RBI are tied for eighth in the NL this year. His game-winning two-run homer Thursday was his 20th home run of the season, giving him 11-straight 20 home run campaigns. He joins David Ortiz and Albert Pujols as the only hitters to record 11-consecutive 20-home run seasons, including this year.

* Carlos Marmol has converted his last 13 save opportunities, dating to May 2, and has a 0.73 ERA (1 ER/12 1/3 IP) in those games. He was successful in a career-best 18-straight save situations, Aug. 21, 2010-April 2, 2011.

— Carrie Muskat


7/5 Extra bases

* Hopefully, Matt Garza found some Popeye’s chicken near Turner Field. That’s his favorite pre-game meal. He’ll take the mound Thursday night to close the Cubs series in Atlanta. He has held opponents to a .235 batting average. The Cubs have scored three or fewer runs while Garza has been in the game in 11 of his 15 starts, including four starts without a run scored.

* The Cubs will face Braves lefty Mike Minor . They’ll also face a lefty in two of the three games in New York against the Mets. The Cubs are 6-17 against left-handed starters this season and batting .220 against left-handed pitching, second lowest in the National League.

* Carlos Marmol is 6-for-6 in save opportunities in his last nine outings with a 1.04 ERA, giving up one earned run over 8 2/3 innings, walking five and striking out 15.

* Please note: Saturday’s game between the Cubs and Diamondbacks will start at 12:05 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field and be broadcast on WGN-TV.

* Ryan Dempster could start Sunday in the last game before the All-Star break. It will either be him or Chris Volstad. Here are the pitching matchups against the Mets:

Friday: LHP Travis Wood (3-3, 3.05) vs. LHP Johan Santana (6-4, 2.76)

Saturday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-7, 4.77) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (5-7, 4.34)

Sunday: TBD vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (7-3, 3.35)

— Carrie Muskat 

6/20 Extra bases

* Matt Garza and Travis Wood were the winners in the first two games of the Cubs’ Interleague series against the White Sox, marking the first time since April 12-13 that Cubs starting pitchers have posted wins in back to back games. The last time the starters won three in a row was July 31-Aug. 3 last year.

* Major League Baseball has reversed the official scorer’s decision from the June 15 game against the Red Sox in which Alex Aviles’ ground ball to Darwin Barney was ruled an error. It’s now a hit, meaning Barney’s errorless streak is now at 55 games and covers 454 1/3 innings. It’s the longest for a Cubs middle infielder since Jeff Baker had a 56-game errorless streak from Sept. 3, 2009-June 28, 2011.

* Carlos Marmol picked up his 99th career save and fourth this season on Tuesday. He looks to become the fourth pitcher in franchise history with 100 saves, joining Lee Smith (180), Bruce Sutter (133) and Randy Myers (112).

* The Cubs are 5-9 in Interleague play.

* After an off day Thursday, the Cubs return to National League action, facing the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Here are the matchups:

Friday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-5, 4.04) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (4-5, 3.44)

Saturday: RHP Matt Garza (3-5, 4.07) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (5-7, 4.13)

Sunday: RHP Paul Maholm (4-5, 4.88) vs. LHP Wade Miley (8-3, 2.30)

— Carrie Muskat

6/19 Extra bases

* With Tuesday’s win, the Cubs have won their first Interleague series since June 15-17, 2010, against the Athletics, and first on the road since May 21-23, 2010, against Texas. They also won their first series against the White Sox since June 2008, and first at U.S. Cellular Field since June 2007.

* The Cubs now have played 24 one-run games, and they are 8-17.

* Cubs starting pitchers have a 2.84 ERA in the last nine games. The bullpen has a 1.84 ERA in the last five games. Shawn Camp, James Russell, Manuel Corpas and Carlos Marmol combined for three hitless innings.

* Marmol had his third consecutive scoreless outing, and converted his third straight save, and second since getting the closer’s job back.

* Starlin Castro is 8-for-17 in his last four games with a double, triple, home run and four RBIs.

* Randy Wells (1-1, 4.50) will close the series Wednesday against Gavin Floyd (4-7, 5.63)

— Carrie Muskat