There has been talk around the Chicago Cubs about the team trading away Carlos Marmol before the 2013 MLB season starts. There is no doubt that Marmol has the talent to be a closer still, but with a move made in Chicago this off-season, the time to trade away the team’s closer has come. There is just too much wildness with Marmol for him to be successful on a young Cubs team.
Marmol did save 20 games last season for a Cubs team that went 61-101, but was taken out of the role at one point. With the team signing former Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa this off-season, Marmol becomes a player that could easily be traded away.
Trading Marmol is a foregone conclusion at this point instead of something that just might happen at the trade deadline. Fujikawa does have to prove he can be a MLB closer but for a Cubs team that could use another couple of prospects on the roster before they make their big resurgence, trading Marmol makes sense to me.
I really think the Cubs can get themselves to 74 or 75 wins this season, and that’s coming out of a long-time fan of the team. I think for that to happen though, getting something for Marmol now would be important.
I know Marmol was great last season at the end of the year, but those games meant nothing to the Cubs so the pressure was off. It will be a better season for the the Cubs even if Marmol sticks around a while, but I believe it would be best for him to be gone before the season starts.