The Miami Marlins made an under-the-radar type move Thursday by signing right-handed reliever Carlos Marmol to a major-league contract. Marmol was last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season after he fizzled out with the Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers acquired him on July 2, for Matt Guerrier. The former Cubs closer had a bad end to his tenure with the team but bounced back some with the Dodgers.
In 21 games with Los Angeles, Marmol had a 2.53 ERA while walking only 19 batters. He also only allowed six earned runs with the Dodgers as well. He seemed to regain focus after being traded from the Cubs where he had continually shaky outings trying to close out games. Miami signing him grants the bullpen major reassurance as Marmol tries to prove himself again.
Miami is the perfect place for Marmol. He will not have to be concerned with a championship drought or even throw himself in the thick of a playoff race because Miami is not necessarily supposed to be having those types of conversations. He will also not have to face the pressure of being the ninth inning guy because Steve Cishek will have that role.
Marmol gets to redefine himself as a reliable reliever in the big leagues. Miami’s pitching coach Chuck Hernandez will have to get Marmol’s confidence back, and putting him in sixth or seventh inning spots could do just that. The Marlins’ bullpen looks set for this season.