Chicago Cubs designate Carlos Marmol for assignment
In 27 2/3 innings pitched this year, Marmol has posted a 5.86 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP. The 30-year-old began the season as the Cubs' closer, but after he gave up five runs in his first three outings, manager Dale Sveum removed him from that role in favor of Kevin Gregg.
An All-Star as a set-up man in 2008, Marmol claimed the closer’s role in late-2009, and in 2010, he notched 38 saves and posted a 2.55 ERA in 77 appearances. However, since his success that year, Marmol has struggled mightily, posting a 4.13 ERA over the last three seasons and eventually losing his job to Gregg, whom he first replaced back in 2009.
Marmol is currently third on the Cubs’ all-time list with 117 saves, and in 2012, he became just the fifth player in franchise history with 20 or more saves in three straight seasons.
Now, however, the Cubs now have 10 days to trade or release Marmol or put him on waivers.