From the Wire … Cubs Designate Carlos Marmol for Assignment, Call Up Brian Bogusevic

The Cubs announced on Tuesday that Carlos Marmol was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for outfielder Brian Bogusevic. The Cubs said Sunday that a roster move would be made prior to Tuesday’s opener to bring up a position player and send out a reliever.

Carlos Marmol was in the final year of the three-year contract he signed prior to the 2011 season. The Cubs owe Marmol the remainder of the $9.8 million contract for this season, roughly $5.3 million, and have 10 days to release or trade him.

With the two roster moves made on Tuesday, the Cubs’ 40-man roster currently stands at 40 players.

Marmol’s agent, Paul Kinzer, told the Tribune that after speaking to Theo Epstein over the weekend that Marmol knew the move was a possibility.

Paul Kinzer from the Tribune:

“We’ve been talking the last few days with Theo (Epstein). But we didn’t know for sure.” Kinzer said the atmosphere at Wrigley Field was too negative in the last few months. “He’s still the same guy with the same arm. I think it’s just gotten mental. He loves Chicago but I think in his mind he knows he has to and get a fresh start. It’s tough being booed every time you get on the mound. He probably could’ve asked out earlier but he wanted to stay and work hard and get through this.”

Carlos Marmol was 2-4 in 31 games with a 5.86 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP that included 32 strikeouts, three hit batsmen and 21 walks in 27 2/3 innings. Marmol simply could not get batters out anymore and became more of a distraction than anything else.

Carlos Marmol’s Page on Baseball-Reference

The Cubs selected the contract of Brian Bogusevic from Triple-A Iowa and added him to the 40-man roster. Bogusevic has played rather well for the I-Cubs this season. In 78 games, Bogusevic put together a .319/.418/.512 line with 14 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and a .929 OPS.

Brian Bogusevic’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • Steve Baier

    Wow! They finally did it.

  • 07GreyDigger

    Can’t believe they’re going to eat the $5.3 million, but before we all dump on the FO for not trading for Dan Haren over Marmol this season, check out Haren’s numbers:

    4-9 6.15 ERA, 1.439 WHIP and a league leading 19 HR’s given up.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Yes and now where is Haren?

      On the DL last I checked.

      BTW who is buying this round? All my 2 cents have made me very very poor but this news deserves a toast.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the Tribune: Marmol knew the move was probably coming. His agent talked to Theo this weekend. Ready for a fresh start.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Also, he suspension of Ian Stewart was settled and upheld, and the Cubs have granted him his unconditional release.

    I will post more on Stewart once Epstein and Hoyer address what happened

  • SomeGuy27

    In both cases, the money was sunk and neither player was movable so I don’t think there was much of a choice here.

    An important upside to this is that it starts to open up roster spaces higher up in the organization causing a trickle down effect and allows for lower level guys to get promoted. Additionally, 40 man space gets opened (I think Stewart was on it) for future trades.

    • calicub

      Stewart was outrighted a few months ago, and not on the 40 man

      • SomeGuy27

        Thanks, I was too lazy to look it up.

        • calicub

          De Nada. Put us all together and we’re a wealth of knowlege :)

  • Ray Ray

    It was overdue. Too bad they didn’t deal him years ago when he was dominant. I recommend looking back to the years 2007-2010 at Carlos Marmol’s stats. They will blow you away. His hits per innings pitched numbers and K’s per innings pitched were ridiculous!

    • TheWrongGuy

      I agree.

      But when the finally locked him up with a contract. He went to sh*t.

      • Ray Ray

        Relief pitchers generally have a short shelf life. Marmol never had repeatable mechanics and always looked to be a pitch away from blowing out his arm. I am surprised he has lasted this long free from surgery.

        • TheWrongGuy

          true that and the fact he couldn’t repeat his delivery after he got fat. It was like he was throwing around his budda belly. His release point was never the same after.

          • Ray Ray

            haha. an underwear model he is not!

          • TheWrongGuy

            agree’d

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I have said, and will continue to say, anything more than a one-year deal for a reliever is a mistake. There are a few exceptions but for the most part those long term deals, especially the back loaded ones never workout.

          • Ray Ray

            100% agree. Relief pitchers are a total risk from year to year….unless you are named Mariano Rivera

          • paulcatanese

            Rivera has been a mystery to me.
            He looks like he could be hit, should be hit, only one pitch, but he rarely is hit.
            He has the perfect pitch, that slider that seems to break always at the right time, and the zone he gives hitters to square up is measured by 1/100th of an inch.
            Also agree that Marmol had great years when he was un-hittable, and one key is that he looked as though he would be that way for a long time.
            The extension he received was unexpected at the time
            and think it was more to restore his confidence to an earlier time in his career, didn’t work out, and started to nose dive at pretty fast rate.
            Rom my standpoint, I enjoyed watching him come in from the bullpen, pure entertainment, because no one including himself could predict what he would do,

          • JasonPen

            Not that it makes a difference, but Rivera is known for his Cutter, not a slider.

          • John_CC

            Yep. That 3 year contract to an erratic, live-arm, live-wire guy like Marmol was on of Hendry’s worst.

            They could have brought a nice haul back in 2010, but Noooo, they were only a couple moves away! (and 15-20 wins by the end of the season)

          • Ray Ray

            Agreed. Very bad contract but the argument that JH chose to do backloaded contracts is unfair. We don’t know what his budget was and with a high payroll what he was allowed to do. Take a look at some of the contracts that Theo did in Boston and it was the same thing. Backloaded. Look at Dice K’s contract. Look at Carl Crawford and AGON. Same thing. Backloaded.

          • John_CC

            All I said is that is was a bery bery bad contract, which it was. The years, the money and the back load. All bad!

          • Ray Ray

            yes it was. I just wanted to address this frontload and backload talk. It is not a preference per GM but having to do it with budget issues and a high payroll.

  • TinkertoEverstoChance

    and let’s applaud theo for the obvious; on both stewart and marmol……………..geez!

    • TheWrongGuy

      a toast!!!

      and your buying right?

    • paulcatanese

      Agree, Marmol’s contract, ok they were going to lose either way, and I respect the Cubs for eating the rest of his contract.
      Now Stewart is another story. That’s got to be a thorn in Mr. Epstein’s butt. FO went all out to give him a chance and really got worked by
      Mr. Stewart.
      I think that’s going to be in the back of Epstein’s mind, he should have a clear mind but regretful attitude about that one.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    I updated the post with quotes from Paul Kinzer. I would recommend reading.

  • TheWrongGuy

    On other great note from this post…

    Bogusevic finally gets the call-up.
    Well, well over due in my eyes.

  • Ray Ray

    OK…Now you have an outfield of……
    Bogusevic- LH
    Sweeney- LH
    Borbon- LH
    Schierholz- LH
    DeJesus- (DL) LH
    Hairston- RH
    Soriano- RH

    Wow! Something needs to be done. Borbon will probably be DFA’d since he will never sniff the field. Hopefully they will move an outfielder with Garza or Feldman to bring back a better return.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Yes hopefully.
      But looking at the possibilities. And better RH bats vice the heavy LH batting line-up now is not very hopeful. Yet who knows what Theo Mc Hoyer will bring in.

    • John_CC

      I’ve seen some scenarios that send Garza and Schierholtz as a package. Schierholtz can help a team in contention, it isn’t a flashy, splashy trade, but neither was Cody Ross when the Giants grabbed him and ran to the WS.

      • Ray Ray

        That makes sense.

    • paulcatanese

      There is one right handed hitter out there that I would like to see the Cubs make a bid for.
      That would be Stanton from Miami.

      • TheWrongGuy

        Last report I got was they did make a bid for him. It involved Castro going to Miami. But that was several months ago.

  • Ray Ray

    If he gets to the Tigers(which I doubt) I don’t think there is any way they pass up putting a claim on Marmol.

    • TheWrongGuy

      I don’t see the Tigers making a claim on Marmol. My reason is simple.

      If they wanted him we would have done a trade already, or he wouldn’t be DFA’d
      Also they have their own problem child closer with control issues, in their rookie closer (Bruce Rondon).

      • Ray Ray

        He won’t cost a prospect now or any cash. Tigers just DFA’d Valverde. I think another team will claim him before the Tigers but it is a no risk pickup at this point. He will be claimed

        • TheWrongGuy

          True. I do wish Marmol the best. I am very happy he is GONE!

        • Tony_Hall

          To claim Marmol a team will have to pick up his contract. Marmol will easily pass through waivers and then a team can get him for the league minimum.

  • Rick Barkan

    Best news i heard today.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Wrong Hawks won the cup. Marmol comes in second.

  • DWalker

    Ok, I am not sorry to see Marmol go, but I do wish he was leaving on a more positive note from his 7th and 8th inning starts rather than his implosions in the 9th. I wish him luck as a set up man and hope he finds what he used to have. he seems like a nice guy, so I’ll wish him luck in some other system.

  • DWalker

    You know, the surest way it seems to know a player is moving on is for the FO or Sveum to say they aren’t going anywhere.

    • paulcatanese

      Love it, and so true.

  • calicub

    I guess I’m confused how they’re able to DFA Marmol if he’s got a guarenteed contract?
    Assuming he passes through waivers he can accept or refuse the assignment then?

    Anyway im glad it was him rather than Parker…

    I disagree with releasing Stewart. I know he was/is a cancer but to give in to such childish behavior and give him what he wants only sets a future precedent for appeasing such aggregious behavior.

    • Tony_Hall

      You just cut them and pay them anyway. If a team is dumb enough to make a claim (ala Kenny claiming Rios) that team pays the rest of the contract.

      He will pass through waivers as no one will want to pay the rest of his contract, and he will then refuse the assignment to Iowa. He will then be a free agent that costs a team the league minimum for the rest of 2013.

  • calicub

    I see Chag-Lim Yong made his AZL debut lat night, anyone know how he did or what the timetable for his rehab is?

    • Ray Ray

      He is 37…so it better be pretty quick :)

      • calicub

        Yes indeed, though I’ve come to the opinion that age is not as big of a concern for relief pitchers…

        He only has ~225 IP since 2008 so there is very little mileage on his arm.

        3 Hits 2 ER 1 SO in an IP last night. Not very good

        • 07GreyDigger

          No. But its his first game back. Give the dude a break. I imagine he won’t pitch with the team until August at the earliest.

          • calicub

            First inning since coming back from TJ so there is a little wiggle room

  • paulcatanese

    Slowly but surely most of what was there before Epstein are disappearing from the scene.

  • 07GreyDigger

    In an article on ESPN Chicago, Marmol said that the reason he’s been bad is because the fans aren’t giving him support.

    As a PROFESSIONAL athlete, if you let the fans dictate your performance, you’re not going to last very long.

  • Tony_Hall

    I am going to choose to remember the dominant Marmol that he was with the nastiest slider this side of KRod. He had some of the most incredible years a reliever has ever had.