Recently we’ve seen rumors pop up that the Tigers have interest in dealing for Carlos Marmol with their closer, Bruce Rondon struggling in spring training. Then there was the deal early in the off-season that had Marmol basically on a plane to LA in return for Dan Haren. There is no question there is interest in Marmol, however tepid it may be.
Then there is Alfonso Soriano, who just a year or so ago looked to be the albatross around the Cubs neck that would be playing baseball in Chicago till the end of time. Now, with a resurgent year at the plate, in the field, and in his body, teams suddenly have begun kicking the tires on the aging veteran in hopes that 2012 was not a mirage. The Yankees, in particular, have been linked to Soriano most recently with the injury to Curtis Granderson this spring training.
That leads us to our discussion question topic for today. Who is more tradable: Soriano or Marmol?
With that question comes a followup concept of not only who is easier to move, but who can you get more for in return. Personally, I think the answers to the two questions are different.
I’m in the camp that Marmol is easier to deal because of his age and the strange fascination with a Save stat that is completely useless. People will throw tons and tons of money at proven “closers” just to pitch in the 9th inning and just in certain situations. People don’t spend money like that on aging left fielders playing on a spare tire.
On the flip side, Soriano seems to have more value right now because of the fact that he looked good all year last year and Marmol did not. That coupled with the fact that Team Thed is willing to eat a huge amount of the two years of salary left on Soriano’s contract seems to make the package coming back in return for him greater than the one we can get for Marmol.
Let’s discuss these two guys in a comparative way today with these questions in mind:
Who is more likely to be tradable?
Who is easier to trade?
Who brings more value back?
Will either or both of these guys be moved before opening day?