The Boston Red Sox, along with as much as three other teams, are reportedly interested in signing reliever Carlos Marmol. Obviously, the fact that the Red Sox are even wasting their valuable time at the 2013 Winter Meetings on a pitcher who is a long ways away from where he should be talent wise is disappointing in itself.
That may sound a little harsh but it’s true. Marmol has gone from an incredibly talented closer to a player that simply causes more harm than good for the teams he pitches for.
The Chicago Cubs couldn’t handle any more disappointment with the 31-year-old so they traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers. No one can blame the Dodgers for taking a chance on a player who once had a lot of success in the big leagues. With that being said, any team that is even thinking about signing Marmol this offseason should take one look at the situation Los Angeles found themselves in during the second half of the season. It’s not as if Marmol was terrible for the Dodgers, however, he did surrender one run in every three innings he pitched.
There’s certainly a possibility that Marmol will be lights out for whichever team decides to take a chance on him next season. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case. The fact is he’s been on a decline for years, which is something relievers don’t bounce back from at the drop of a hat.
Even though the Red Sox would like to bolster their rotation in order to make another run at a World Series title, Marmol simply isn’t the answer.
Between the Cubs and the Dodgers, he posted a 4.41 earned run average, 59 strikeouts, two saves, six holds and three blown saves in 49 appearances in 2013.