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According to my Friday Cubs Poll, 71% of voters believe the Cubs should sign Carlos Marmol to a 3-yr deal. In this case Marmol gets longer-term security and the Cubs save somewhere in the neighborhood of $5-7M. It’s basically addressing the big picture.
My vote was a 2-yr deal, which was about 22% of the vote. I don’t like the risk of adding a third year given Marmol’s typical workload. The downside, however, is re-signing Marmol again when he becomes a free-agent in 2013, a which point Marmol’s asking price will be sky high as a premier bullpen arm.
Only 7% feel the Cubs should offer Marmol arbitration, meaning a 1-yr deal around $4.1M. It would certainly give the Cubs some short-term salary relief, but likely burns the bridge of signing Marmol to a somewhat affordable deal following the season.