Time Has Come for Chicago Cubs to Release Carlos Marmol

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It was looking like the Chicago Cubs were making a turnaround in their poor 2013 start before hitting yet another speed bump along the way. The team has lost three straight games going into Wednesday’s action and a lot of the blame for the team being 23-33 can be directed right at the team’s bullpen. The biggest offender would be former closer Carlos Marmol. The time has come for the team to just release him and get this headache out of their bullpen.

Marmol was great to begin his career, but has fallen on very hard times in recent years. He has a 5.64 ERA right now and has given up five runs over his last inning and a third. The fans are getting restless with him and I think the organization has seen enough of his failures. I know he has a $10 million salary this season, but what team in their right mind is going to want to trade for him now? I can’t think of one that is that desperate.

It could easily turn into a situation where Marmol would be better off with a different organization, a different team and different fans who may give him a chance again. That isn’t going to happen with the Cubs anymore. It is a rebuilding project with the team and players like Marmol aren’t going to be there when the team finally is competitive again hopefully in 2015.

It is time to cut the losses figuratively and literally. Marmol needs to be sent packing as soon as possible with the team just swallowing his remaining salary.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.