The days of Carlos Marmol being in a Cincinnati Reds uniform may swiftly be coming to an end, as the reliever left the Louisville Bats following his latest poor performance:
#Reds announce they’ve placed Carlos Marmol on restricted list because he left the team without permission. Was at AAA Louisville.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) June 11, 2014
Despite joining the Reds’ organization just two weeks ago, Marmol compiled a stat line of 3.2 IP, 6 BB, 6 K, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 wild pitches, 2.18 WHIP, resulting in a lousy 7.36 ERA (RedReporter). For Marmol, this seems to be the end of the quick demise of a player who once housed an incredible amount of potential while pitching for the Chicago Cubs. It wasn’t that long ago that Marmol was one of the best closers in the league. In fact, he collected 38 saves while posting a 2.55 earned run average in 77 appearances during the 2010 season.
For the Reds, the team really loses nothing except for a body on the Louisville roster. The signing of Marmol was a low-risk, high-reward signing for Cincinnati. While at the time it looked as though the signing of Marmol could prelude roster moves (assuming he was able to regain his successful form), the Reds must count their losses and move on from a failed experiment.
The struggles must have finally taken their toll on the former All-Star closer. While the frustration in recent years has been evident on the face of Marmol, we have yet to see a complete emotional breakdown. This abrupt departure from a team that was one of the last remaining that was willing to take a chance on him shows that the days of Marmol in baseball may have finally come to an end.