It’s an understatement to say that Carlos Marmol isn’t well liked by the Chicago Cubs‘ fan base. Despite a 38-save season in 2010, Marmol’s tenure with the Cubs was a disappointment to say the least. However, No. 49’s heart-wrenching blown saves are a thing of the past as far as Chicago fans are concerned.
On Tuesday the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Marmol and sent veteran reliever Matt Guerrier to the Windy City. While this appears to be a swap of inconsistent relievers, the Cubs have gotten the upper hand considering the latter has appeared in nearly 513 games during his MLB tenure and remains respected across the league. On the other hand, Marmol is known by everyone in baseball as an accident waiting to happen.
Besides, Guerrier’s contract is up after the season, so if Chicago doesn’t like the relievers production then it can let him walk. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are in the same boat as Marmol is a free agent after the 2013 campaign and will likely be out of baseball for good if his time in LA doesn’t pan out.
This move means more for the Dodgers than it does for the Cubs because Chicago is 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central and is heading nowhere fast. On the other hand, the Dodgers’ faithful have had insane expectations for this team since the get-go and LA is a mere 3.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for the NL West crown.