(NEW YORK) — The Chicago Cubs have had enough of Carlos Marmol. The team has decided to designate their former closer for assignment, likely ending his run with the team.
“He had struggles that frustrated people at the end of a game,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “We held out on this move for a long time; partially because of the salary and that he was providing solid innings.”
“The decision came down to that he had a distraction. Every time he threw two balls to the first hitter, he was getting booed. It became difficult for his teammates because it had become a bit of a sideshow mentality to it. We just felt it was the right time,” he continued.
The 30-year-old Marmol struggled mightily this season with the Cubs. In 31 games, Marmol was 2-4 with a 5.86 ERA along with three blown saves in five opportunities.
Marmol has spent his entire career with the Cubs since making his debut in 2006. In eight seasons, Marmol saved 117 games, but also had 28 blown saves over that span. He’s making $9.8 million this season. If no team claims him off waivers within the next 10 days, he can be asked to take his assignment to the minor leagues or opt for free agency.
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