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.
“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.
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.