Would The Cubs Consider Trading Marmol?

(WSCR) At this point in the season, it’s pretty clear that the Chicago Cubs aren’t going to be competing the NL Central. But, in preparing to compete in the division over the next few seasons, the team needs to evaluate which players can be traded for prospects.

“You have to think about trading anybody but [Starlin] Castro,” Peter Gammons, of the MLB Network, said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “Now, you don’t want to trade [Carlos] Marmol, he’s tremendous.”

It’s the fact that Marmol is so good, that makes him so attractive to teams fighting for a playoff spot. But the Cubs need to weigh their options and what they would get in return for one of the most promising young closers in baseball.

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“The New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers, have a lot in their farm systems and desperately need bullpen help,” Gammons said. “If you go to Texas and get three top prospects, or you go to the Yankees and get three top prospects, then it probably is worth it. You start the rebuilding and you figure out another way to go. Maybe [Chris] Carpenter can become a closer? I mean, he does throw 99, 100 miles per hour. Maybe that’s your guy.

“You have to think about everything if you’re the Cubs right now. You’re not going to be able to give up [Alfonso] Soriano. You’re not going to be able to get rid of [Carlos] Zambrano. I mean, … people aren’t going to take that money. So you have to figure out other ways. And while Marmol is a great relief pitcher, if you can get three players for him, and really good young players, then it’s worth it.”

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  • tom Sharp

    Well, they are way over the limit for head case, low IQ Latinos!

  • Kurt

    The aforementioned teams can have Marmol and his remaining controllable years without giving up a single prospect…. if they also take Soriano in the deal (they can flip him to another team if they want) and eat his contract….completely.

  • Steve

    I agree. If you can find a way to unload Soriano in the same deal, let Marmol go. Soriano is a drag on the team ad the Cubs are stuck with him for three more years. Unload his contract and make a deal for someone who brings a glove to the park.

  • Glenn Lind

    I would say that Marmol and everyone else on this team should be available to trade for prospects. However, that is suggesting that Hendry and his scouts are capable of identifying talent in other teams farm systems. Frankly, I don’t think they have that ability.


    A two-for one deal would be perfect.

    You might even throw in Colvin. I like Pena, but he couldn’t help this team, and he took at-bats from Colvin. Someone else will do it next year, unless they unload him.

    Soriano is looking tradable.

  • Les

    I have been a Cub fan since 1936 but the team this year look like a medocre double A team. They have no pitching and other than Castro, Barney and Ramirez they look pitiiful at bat. The strike zone seems to be a mystery to them.

    I’m getting too old to keep waiting for “next year.”

    At least being a Cub fan for so long it teaches you to deal with disappointment.

  • Kurt

    Wow Les, I thought I knew pain. I’ve been a fan since I was 9 years old (born in 1957).

    You’ve been a fan since 1936! At this point you have to ask yourself whether maybe you actually enjoy pain:)

  • South Loop Dave

    I’m tired of Marmol being called a “great closer” by Gammons and his ilk. Marmol has a filthy slider, but he has what, 6 blown saves already this year? He’s going to blow double digit saves by the end of the season. He has great stuff but still is a thrower, not a pitcher. NO ONE is untouchable, not even Castro.

    • Kurt

      I tend to agree with you Dave.

      If the rest of the league thinks Marmol’s an elite closer though, this might be a good opportunity to dangle him with the stipulation that one of our dead money albatrosses moves with him.

      It may not be as hard to accomplish as it may seem.

      Remember how highly Dunn was coveted (by many Cub fans to boot)? That’s beginning to look like a 42 million dollar albatross for the White Sox.

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