Per David Kaplan, Marmol has been told he is no longer the closer. Russell and Dolis will share duties. Marmol's role is as of yet undefined.
Some big decisions are coming for this Cubs front office.
The biggest may be when they approach Tom Ricketts about eating some more money. This is probably something all parties realized was going to be the case at some point.
They hoped against hope that players like Marlon Byrd, Carlos Marmol, and Alfonso Soriano could somehow get off to hot starts and prop up their trade values.
It’s not happening.
Byrd got off to a miserable start and didn’t net much at all in return. That isn’t to mention the Cubs had to eat all the remainder of his contract.
If anything Marmol and Sorinao have lost value since the season began.
There was quite a debate today regarding Marmol and the closer role. I’ve mentioned before that he isn’t Dale Sveum’s first choice to run out there. However, he understands what the front office is trying to do.
I think that plan may have come to and end during the ninth inning of Thursday’s game. The jig is up.
You have heard all about how this season isn’t about wins and losses.That may be true but there is no reason to reason to throw way wins either. Sveum can‘t expect the rest of his roster to be held accountable if he can’t hold certain players to the same standards.
We have also heard (ad nauseum) about how you have to try and squeeze any trade value out of guys like Marmol. I’ve got a one-word response.
Marmol isn’t going to get you anything really. Just look at what they got for Sean Marshall, who was arguably their best trade chip. Add to that Marmol’s contract, and his now public confidence crisis.
Apparently Sveum and his staff have been upfront with Marmol, telling him to rely less on his slider. However Marmol doesn’t have the confidence to throw his fastball, much to Sveum’s dismay.
"It's the same story again," Sveum said. "Throwing 3-0 sliders (to Votto) when you have three-run leads, that's just not acceptable. Nothing else can happen except a two-run homer, and nobody is on base. So we have to somehow make some adjustments there. We have to throw fastballs in these situations."
“To tell you the truth, I don’t know. It’s a confidence factor or something,” Sveum said. “We’ve talked about it, and when he gets out on the mound, things change.
You just can’t have a closer who walks people. The Cubs know it; the rest of MLB knows it. Do you really think someone is going to give you anything for either Marmol or Soriano? Do you really think someone is going to take on a dollar of either contract?
The best the Cubs can hope for is Marmol gets more comfortable out of the closer role and convince some team to take a flyer.
A flyer that will still have Mr. Ricketts paying the freight.