I thought I had covered most of the potential movers in my last post about Cub trade ideas, but one guy in particular got a lot of buzz in the comments, so I thought I'd give him his own post. Since humans usually read article titles before they read the body text, you know who I'm talking about: could the Cubs closer be traded soon?
...One More Trade Thought: Could Marmol Be Moved?
When I made my first pass at identifying potential trade candidates, I dismissed Carlos Marmol for two reasons: one, the Cubs just signed him to a long-term deal, and two, that deal pays him a relatively great deal of money in 2012 and 2013.
If the Cubs were even thinking about dealing Marmol, why would they sign him for three years instead of one? The move almost automatically blocks out small-market teams from being interested in acquiring him. Then again, Marmol will be paid considerably less over the next three seasons than will Rafael Soriano, although how informative an exercise is it to compare player salaries to what the Yankees are making?
Having said all that, let's talk about the Yankees a little bit more. The aforementioned Soriano is expected to be out another several weeks with a bad elbow, and despite popular belief Mariano Rivera is not actually ageless, and might soon retire. If Soriano continues to be ineffective in his return from the DL, and Rivera decides to walk away at the end of this season, might we have ourselves a fit?
That's probably the only major market team that could have serious closer issues in the near future, right?