As if the Chicago Cubs needed anything else to concern themselves with coming off of a rocky 2012, they’ve got it now.
Closer Carlos Marmol has been accused of domestic abuse in the Dominican Republic by a 24-year old woman. Charges have been pressed by Miledys Mejia Cepeda in a criminal complaint, but charges have yet to be pressed by the local police department against Marmol, whose lawyer Nelson Pimentel claims are nothing more than an extortion attempt.
The Cubs have plenty of on-field issues to concern themselves with in preparation for the 2013 season, the last thing that Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Dale Sveum need is an off-the-field incident to have to deal with as the team attempts to at least get a positive start to a 2013 season that will certainly be filled with a ton of question marks.
If indeed Marmol turns out to be guilty of a crime and is kept from arriving on time to Spring Training and in the Dominican Republic, it opens a huge can of worms as to whom the Cubs would turn should worse come to worse and a new closer has to be either identified internally or found on the open market.
About the only option currently on the roster that would be viable would be perhaps Rafael Dolis who had a brief stint for the Cubs in a closing role in 2011, saving 17 games in 19 attempts.
Cubs fans across the country should hold their breath that this doesn’t happen and that the team isn’t left searching for another late inning option – regardless of how inconsistent Marmol can be at times he’s still the best option available for this version of the Northsiders.