Despite the outcries of fans, the Dodgers pushed to close this deal for the washed-up closer. The Cubs designated Marmol a week ago and swapped him for fellow designated reliever, Matt Guerrier.
Now that the details of the trade are released, the deal does not appear to be a complete loss for the Dodgers. Guerrier was an underwhelming performer on the season with an ERA that ballooned to 4.60. That is exactly why the Dodgers optioned him to the minor leagues. A one-for-one swap for the Cubs’ Marmol does not seem all that bad a deal, although the surface shows little productivity for either side.
Along with sending Guerrier to Chicago, the Dodgers will have to pay a little less than half of the $5 million owed to Marmol. In return, the Dodgers received $209,700 worth of space toward the international signing cap, according to the Dodgers’ story.
To the casual fan who heard of the tens of millions of dollars thrown at Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu, this may seem like a trivial difference. But it really is a big difference now that the league rules have changed international signings to very conservative contracts.
After Guerrier’s salary is deducted and all financial transactions are accounted for, the Dodgers will have only increased their payroll by approximately $500,000. There is a small chance that Marmol could work out for the Dodgers as more than just a trade pawn.
The Dodgers organization’s pitching coaches will surely work with the veteran and try to rebuild him to his 2010 form when he boasted an 2.55 ERA while striking out 138 batters in only 77.2 innings. If Marmol can return to his former glory and become a bullpen staple for the Dodgers, the deal will turn out to be a multifaceted positive instead of just a shabby pitcher swap with some foreign player signing space.