Browsing posts from July, 2012
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
This is a Guest Post by John Guminski. He’s a Junior at the University of Missouri majoring in Journalism.
The latest rumor churning from the mill is Detroit and Boston are both looking heavily into Ryan Dempster. The timing couldn’t be more perfect for Theo Epstein and crew to unload the 35-year-old right-hander, which could happen before the weekend.
Dempster has pitched 33 consecutive scoreless innings and currently leads the majors in ERA (1.86). His trade value couldn’t be any higher.
The question always comes down to getting the right return that fits your team’s future needs.
The Cubs farm system is filled with lots of hitting depth and star power, but lacks pitching outside of Trey McNutt and Dillon Maples. Dealing a guy like Dempster would hopefully bolster the farm system in these areas.
The Tigers’ organization has two prospects in particular the Cubs could realistically inquire about; 3B/ LF Nick Castellanos and RHP Bruce Rondon.
Naturally, Carlos Zambrano comes to mind with the Marlins in town for a three-games series.
Big Z isn’t scheduled to pitch, which is a shame. It would’ve been fun to see him wearing a visitor’s uniform on the Wrigley Field mound, and more interesting to see what kind of reaction he’d get from the home crowd (I imagine a standing ovation?).
But there was never any doubt Zambrano needed to depart Chicago’s North Side when Theo & Jed dealt him to Miami in January.
Carlos had worn out his welcome long before walking out on the team in Atlanta last August, which was rightfully the last straw for the organization.
April 8 post: Sadly, the once promise of a would-be ace steadily declined into a pitcher no longer welcomed or worthy of wearing Cubbie Blue.
Of course, it’s easy to gripe about the trade for Chris Volstad, who’s been horrific, and think how much better-off the Cubs might be with Zambrano in the rotation.
El Toro, however, hasn’t had the season many thought he would given a change of scenery and the guidance of Ozzie Guillen.
Made his Cubs debut this season vs. Milwaukee.
His 1.69 ERA leads the Cubs pitching staff.
Pitched scoreless baseball in 13 of last 16 outings.
Missed 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery.
Represented Panama in the World Baseball Classic 2006 & 2009.
Name that Cub! (Answer after the jump)
I’ve updated the graphic according to the latest trade rumors as of noon today.
The Dodgers are being linked to both pitchers and remain the front runner in the Dempster sweepstakes.
Boston rumors are picking up steam as several sources (listed below) agree the Red Sox simply can’t fold the tent this season, meaning they’ll likely make an attempt to land quality pitching.
I’ve included the Braves in on the Dempster rumors and Baltimore joins the party for Matt Garza with limited interest.
As a reminder, the larger the team logo, the more rumored interest.
All indications are Ryan Dempster will be traded sooner than later.
If Dale Sveum sticks to his current starting rotation, Dempster’s outing tomorrow afternoon will be his last as a Cub at Wrigley Field.
Unless Dempster suffers an injury or is bombed by the Diamondbacks, which seems unlikely given his 27.0 scoreless innings streak, he’s sure to be dealt before his next scheduled home start on Wednesday, July 31–which also happens to be the non-waiver trade deadline.
The feeling, of course, is Dempster will be traded long before the last week in July meaning his following two starts with the Cubs are scheduled road contests at St. Louis & Pittsburgh.