The Milwaukee Brewers’ main focus at the 2013 Winter Meetings continues to be first baseman Corey Hart. However, Milwaukee also recognizes they need to improve the bullpen, which is why general manager Doug Melvin has been in talks with several relievers. One of those relievers just so happens to be right-handed pitcher Carlos Marmol.
Milwaukee has been linked to the veteran as early as the first day of the Winter Meetings. Also, there have been reports on Wednesday morning indicating the Brewers are still very much in on Marmol. I have to imagine that the majority of the fan base feels the same way I do about this, which is Milwaukee must stay as far away as possible from him. Marmol has been on a decline for years, which is something relief pitchers don’t bounce back from at the drop of a hat, especially one that is 31 years old.
The Chicago Cubs couldn’t handle any more disappointment with him so they traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013. 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.
The man is a head case, which is something the Brewers dealt with last year with closer John Axford. I understand there’s always the chance that Marmol could return to his All-Star form, but it’s more than likely that he will continue in a downward spiral. Milwaukee is simply better off going a different route in the bullpen.