I haven’t heard a peep during this month’s trade rumors about Carlos Marmol–not that I expected to.
His 10 saves in 12 chances is no indication of his continuous struggle to close games efficiently.
For Marmol, it’s not a save until he walks the first two batters, allows an extra base hit and then escapes the jam with an unconventional double play.
That’s not the kind of gamble contending teams are looking for, especially considering Marmol is under contract through 2013 for a hefty $9.8M.
Aside from the big-money owed to Marmol, his season numbers are even less comforting. He’s walked 30 batters in 27.1 innings pitched. The opposition’s OBP against him is .396 and his walks per nine innings is a team worst 9.88.
It must be killing Dale Sveum internally to keep running Marmol out for the save. But the skipper’s been towing the company line doing all he can to increase his closer’s trade value, what little there is, while jeopardizing his team’s success in the win column.
The fact is, Marmol has seemingly run out of time to prove his worth to a contending team, let alone, the Cubs.
BUT THERE IS A BETTER OPTION