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Cubs DFA Marmol

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The Cubs just announced news that’s sure to be a relief to most of their fans: Carlos Marmol has been designated for assignment. And in other unsurprising news, the team has released disgruntled third baseman Ian Stewart. It seems the Cubs–often considered baseball’s Biggest Losers–are finally shedding some dead weight.

Here’s the press release regarding Marmol:

CUBS DESIGNATE RHP CARLOS MARMOL FOR ASSIGNMENT, SELECT THE CONTRACT OF OUTFIELDER BRIAN BOGUSEVIC

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

MILWAUKEE – The Chicago Cubs today designated right-handed pitcher Carlos Marmol for assignment and selected the contract of outfielder Brian Bogusevic.

Bogusevic will wear uniform number 66 and be available for the Cubs tonight when they start a three-game series in Milwaukee.

The 29-year-old Bogusevic joins the Cubs after batting .319 (83-for-260) with 14 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, 32 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 78 games with Iowa this season.  The left-handed batter and thrower turned in a .418 on-base percentage and a .512 slugging percentage, good for a .929 OPS.

This past offseason, Bogusevic signed a minor league contract with the Cubs that included an invite to big league spring training.  He batted .410 (16-for-39) with a .452 on-base percentage, a .692 slugging percentage and a 1.144 OPS before being one of the final cuts of the spring.

Bogusevic spent all or part of three big league seasons with Houston (2010-12), including the entire 2012 season when he saw action in 146 games and hit .203 (72-for-355) with nine doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 28 RBI.  The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Bogusevic was originally selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2005 Draft as a left-handed pitcher but converted to outfield midway through the 2008 campaign.

Marmol, 30, went 2-4 with two saves and a 5.86 ERA (18 ER/27.2 IP) in 31 relief appearances this season.  He struck out 32 and walked 21 batters in 27.2 innings pitched, an average of 10.4 strikeouts and 6.8 walks per nine innings.

The righthander originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on July 3, 1999.  Signed as a catcher, Marmol converted to a pitcher prior to the 2003 season and made his big league debut in 2006.  A National League All-Star in 2008 as a set-up man, Marmol holds the franchise mark with 82 career holds.  Marmol became the closer in late 2009 and compiled 117 saves, third most in team history.  Overall, he went 23-32 with a 3.50 ERA (211 ER/542.1 IP) in 483 appearances with the Cubs, 470 of the outings in relief.

  • Josh Cornwall

    And everyone rejoiced.

  • Let the party begin.

  • Let the party begin.

  • Jedi

    Trades are sure to follow…this roster will probably look a lot different in another month.

    • Joe Aiello

      I actually wonder if the DFA is a sign that Theo already has a trade worked out and needed to get a roster spot open tonight before the game. If not, no one will trade for him with anything of value knowing that he can be had without compensation coming to us if they just wait till the DFA time runs out.

      • Jedi

        Yeah – it’s either that, or they thoroughly explored the trade market for him during that period when he was pitching well and found there to be no market; so they knew they wouldn’t get anything for him anyway.

        Maybe Washington inquired about a new Haren-for-Marmol deal and the Cubs decided it was just better to dump Carlos.

  • Jedi

    Trades are sure to follow…this roster will probably look a lot different in another month.

    • Joe Aiello

      I actually wonder if the DFA is a sign that Theo already has a trade worked out and needed to get a roster spot open tonight before the game. If not, no one will trade for him with anything of value knowing that he can be had without compensation coming to us if they just wait till the DFA time runs out.

      • Jedi

        Yeah – it’s either that, or they thoroughly explored the trade market for him during that period when he was pitching well and found there to be no market; so they knew they wouldn’t get anything for him anyway.

        Maybe Washington inquired about a new Haren-for-Marmol deal and the Cubs decided it was just better to dump Carlos.

  • Sandwiches on Seymour!

    • PLCB3

      1 meatball pepperoni footlong on Italian Herbs and Cheese bread with provolone cheese, toasted. With lettuce, tomato, cucumber, spinach, green peppers, banana peppers, and ranch dressing, please! And 2 raspberry cheesecake cookies, too, please.

      • Jedi

        I literally feel less hungry after reading that.

      • Raspberry cheesecake cookies actually pair wonderfully with ranch.

      • Jedi

        …in the trash? …as a digestive? …when trying to pass a kidney stone?

        I’m waiting for the other half of your statement.

      • PLCB3

        No you dopes! You eat the cookies on the side. Have you guys actually ever tried the ranch dressing on the meatball sub or are you just pre-prejudiced against it like my mom is? The first time I got that she was like yuck and then wanted to try some. I was like you already said yuck, so no. Get your own.

      • Jedi

        Are we raffling off the opportunity to explain to CAPS why ‘pre-prejudiced’ is a poorly preprepared word?

      • PLCB3

        I’m operating on coffee and mountain dew today, give me a berak

      • Jedi

        Hungover from pre-prematurely celebrating the Bruins Game 6 win?

      • PLCB3

        I didn’t drink because MA is a dumb state. In MA you have to be 25 to purchase alcohol with an out of state ID. I thought my days of not being able to get alcohol were over when I turned 21 years ago, but I guess not. What a stupid state you are, MA.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Eww, mountain dew! I’ll take the crab juice.

      • PLCB3

        You got a men’s room in there?

      • PLCB3

        And BTW, sucks to grammar.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Forget the sub just give me the cookies

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I believe that the meatball sub is the one that has the most fat and is the least health of all on Subway’s menu.

      • PLCB3

        Meh. I don’t eat at Subway a lot. When I was eating there on a regular basis, I got the chicken breast sandwich

      • I find the chicken sub pairs nicely with any of the 2013 Mello Yello Cellars offerings.

      • Jedi

        No please – share the full order…

        I’m guessing 1 chicken breast sandwich on 42-grain oat bread (extra fiber) with half swiss/half canadian cheddar, toasted & open face (don’t go folding this mess). With lettuce, tomato, cucumber, spinach, green peppers, banana peppers, pickles, olives, avocado, sprouts, a basil plant (the whole thing), one uncut piece of celery, ranch dressing and a ladel of chili to top it off – right on the sandwich (plus a side of the hot sriracha sauce for dipping), please! This is a 3 raspberry cheesecake cookie meal for sure.

      • PLCB3

        Sounds like something Seymour would eat. Not me.

        On second thought, that doesn’t have enough sodium laced meat.

  • Sandwiches on Seymour!

    • AC0000000

      1 meatball pepperoni footlong on Italian Herbs and Cheese bread with provolone cheese, toasted. With lettuce, tomato, cucumber, spinach, green peppers, banana peppers, and ranch dressing, please! And 2 raspberry cheesecake cookies, too, please.

      • Jedi

        I literally feel less hungry after reading that.

      • Raspberry cheesecake cookies actually pair wonderfully with ranch.

      • Jedi

        …in the trash? …as a digestive? …when trying to pass a kidney stone?

        I’m waiting for the other half of your statement.

      • AC0000000

        No you dopes! You eat the cookies on the side. Have you guys actually ever tried the ranch dressing on the meatball sub or are you just pre-prejudiced against it like my mom is? The first time I got that she was like yuck and then wanted to try some. I was like you already said yuck, so no. Get your own.

      • Jedi

        Are we raffling off the opportunity to explain to CAPS why ‘pre-prejudiced’ is a poorly preprepared word?

      • AC0000000

        I’m operating on coffee and mountain dew today, give me a berak

      • Jedi

        Hungover from pre-prematurely celebrating the Bruins Game 6 win?

      • AC0000000

        I didn’t drink because MA is a dumb state. In MA you have to be 25 to purchase alcohol with an out of state ID. I thought my days of not being able to get alcohol were over when I turned 21 4 years ago, but I guess not. What a stupid state you are, MA.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Eww, mountain dew! I’ll take the crab juice.

      • AC0000000

        You got a men’s room in there?

      • AC0000000

        And BTW, sucks to grammar.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Forget the sub just give me the cookies

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I believe that the meatball sub is the one that has the most fat and is the least health of all on Subway’s menu.

      • AC0000000

        Meh. I don’t eat at Subway a lot. When I was eating there on a regular basis, I got the chicken breast sandwich

      • I find the chicken sub pairs nicely with any of the 2013 Mello Yello Cellars offerings.

      • Jedi

        No please – share the full order…

        I’m guessing 1 chicken breast sandwich on 42-grain oat bread (extra fiber) with half swiss/half canadian cheddar, toasted & open face (don’t go folding this mess). With lettuce, tomato, cucumber, spinach, green peppers, banana peppers, pickles, olives, avocado, sprouts, a basil plant (the whole thing), one uncut piece of celery, ranch dressing and a ladel of chili to top it off – right on the sandwich (plus a side of the hot sriracha sauce for dipping), please! This is a 3 raspberry cheesecake cookie meal for sure.

      • AC0000000

        Sounds like something Seymour would eat. Not me.

        On second thought, that doesn’t have enough sodium laced meat.

  • PLCB3

    Finally some good news. I literally feel much more energized after reading that.

  • AC0000000

    Finally some good news. I literally feel much more energized after reading that.

  • PLCB3

    I’m playing this right now because Marmol is gone:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M

  • AC0000000

    I’m playing this right now because Marmol is gone:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M

  • PLCB3

    What are the details of Stewart’s release? Is he still going to collect the balance of the 2M owed to him?

  • AC0000000

    What are the details of Stewart’s release? Is he still going to collect the balance of the 2M owed to him?

  • Doug S.

    Finally I can use the words relief and Marmol in a positive sentence. It’ll be interesting to see who gambles on him. Please let it be an NL Central team. As for Stewart, so long. Good luck to Bogusevic, nice numbers, love the name.

    • PLCB3

      Not the Cardinals. Because with Cardinals luck he will all of a sudden discover his 2008 form.

  • Doug S.

    Finally I can use the words relief and Marmol in a positive sentence. It’ll be interesting to see who gambles on him. Please let it be an NL Central team. As for Stewart, so long. Good luck to Bogusevic, nice numbers, love the name.

    • AC0000000

      Not the Cardinals. Because with Cardinals luck he will all of a sudden discover his 2008 form.

  • Packman53

    I am unbelievably happy at this point! Marmol will no longer plague this bullpen. Hopefully this kind of shake up is what the pen needed.

  • Packman53

    I am unbelievably happy at this point! Marmol will no longer plague this bullpen. Hopefully this kind of shake up is what the pen needed.

  • Chuck

    I am kind of sad to see this. I remember when Marmol was absolutely unhittable. Granted that was a few years ago, but his slider was absolutely filthy. Everyone knew it was coming, but there was nothing you could do about it.

    The Stewart signing was a mistake from day 1, but it was not much of a mistake. He was cheap and there wasn’t really anyone else for the job. The good news is that the front office recognized that Valbuena is the better player.

    Unfortunately, this is how most player’s careers end. With a whimper, not a bang.

    • Eddie Von White

      Yes.

    • Seymour Butts

      Unhittable to unwatchable. Progress sucks.

      • PLCB3

        That sounds more like Congress. Since pro is the opposite of con, that means progress is the opposite of Congress.

  • Chuck

    I am kind of sad to see this. I remember when Marmol was absolutely unhittable. Granted that was a few years ago, but his slider was absolutely filthy. Everyone knew it was coming, but there was nothing you could do about it.

    The Stewart signing was a mistake from day 1, but it was not much of a mistake. He was cheap and there wasn’t really anyone else for the job. The good news is that the front office recognized that Valbuena is the better player.

    Unfortunately, this is how most player’s careers end. With a whimper, not a bang.

    • Eddie Von White

      Yes.

    • Seymour Butts

      Unhittable to unwatchable. Progress sucks.

      • AC0000000

        That sounds more like Congress. Since pro is the opposite of con, that means progress is the opposite of Congress.