According to a report from Bruce Levine, Carlos Marmol “will likely be pitching for another team by Opening Day.” Levine reported that several teams, including the Detroit Tigers, are taking a “hard look” at the Cubs’ closer. Marmol is owed $9.8 million for this season, the third and final year of the three-year contract he signed prior to the 2011 season.
The Tigers are reportedly looking for a veteran closer after a shaky start to the spring by rookie Bruce Rondon, and several teams scouted Rick Porcello during his start in the Grapefruit League on Monday. The Cubs were not mentioned as one of the teams on hand for Porcello’s outing.
Carlos Marmol waived his no-trade protection in November and agreed to a trade to the Angels before the Cubs’ pulled out of the deal due to Dan Haren’s medicals. According to Bruce Levine, Marmol would likely agree to a trade to a contending team.
Levine reported the Cubs would not hesitate to move Marmol in return for young pitching.
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