Marlins designate Carlos Marmol for assignment

May 11, 9:25 AM

Carlos Marmol's career continues on its downward spiral as the Miami Marlins have designated the right-handed reliever for assignment. 

Marmol's meltdown on Saturday put the finishing touches on his release from Miami after he allowed four runs off as many hits in just an inning of work, pushing his record to 0-3 and ERA to 8.10 in 15 appearances this season. 

"Couldn't get people out," Marmol told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. "I did the best I could, but it didn't work out good. It's tough. You try to do your best and it didn't work out."

The former closer for the Cubs, Marmol's struggles began in 2013 when he posted a 5.86 ERA in 31 appearances and was designated for assignment before being traded to the Dodgers. 

During his time in Los Angeles, the 31-year-old produced a 2.53 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 21 appearances, but was mainly used in low-pressure situations. However, his efforts earned him a one-year, $1.25-million deal with the Marlins and that's when the wheels really fell off. 

May 27, 12:52 PM

Report: Reds agree to minor-league deal with Carlos Marmol

May 27, 12:52 PM

Veteran reliever Carlos Marmol, who was released by the Miami Marlins on May 19, required less than two weeks to find a new employer, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

The erratic right-hander struggled mightily during his brief tenure with the Marlins, crafting a 8.10 ERA across 15 appearances while issuing 10 walks in 13 1/3 innings. Control problems have plagued Marmol throughout his career, and the 31-year-old's 16.3 percent walk rate since 2010 represents the worst mark among relievers (min. 100 IP).

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May 19, 2:25 PM

Marlins release struggling reliever Carlos Marmol

May 19, 2:25 PM

Carlos Marmol's time in Miami is officially over.

The Miami Marlins released Marmol on Monday, just over a week after the team designated the struggling reliever for assignment.

Teams around MLB, well aware of the 31-year-old's struggles throughout his career, passed up on the chance to sign Marmol from the waiver wire when he was designated for assignment on May 11.

The Marlins will assume the rest of the $1.25-million left from the one-year contract Marmol signed in February.

His last start with the team on May 10 saw him give up four earned runs, including one home run, on four hits with one walk during one inning of work.

Feb 11, 4:44 PM

Marlins take a chance on RP Carlos Marmol

Feb 11, 4:44 PM

Miami, FL - The Miami Marlins signed former closer Carlos Marmol to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old right-hander finished 2-4 with a 4.41 earned run average and two saves over 52 appearances for the Cubs and Dodgers in 2013.

"With the signing of Carlos, we add a proven reliever with experience in the late innings," said Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill. "We are thrilled to add a player of his quality to an already deep bullpen."

Marmol had racked up 92 saves for Chicago from 2010-12, but fell out of favor as his volatile nature began to affect his role as closer. He was acquired by Los Angeles on July 2 for Matt Guerrier, and closed the year without recording a decision in eight games while allowing just six earned runs in 21 1/3 innings.

He made two appearances in the 2013 postseason, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings in the NLCS against the Cardinals, with five strikeouts and one walk.

Since breaking into the majors in 2006, the native of the Dominican Republic has gone 23-32 with a 3.46 ERA and 117 saves over 504 appearances, including 13 starts for the Cubs during his rookie campaign.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Marlins designated pitcher Chris Hatcher for assignment.

Feb 6, 6:28 PM

Report: Marlins sign RP Marmol to one-year deal

Feb 6, 6:28 PM

The Miami Marlins have reportedly added a veteran arm to their youthful bullpen.

Carlos Marmol fell out of favor (and fell hard) this season after losing his grip on the Chicago Cubs' closer role after seven-and-a-half seasons on the north side. He found moderate success when he resurfaced in Los Angeles, however.

In 21 appearances with the Dodgers late last season, Marmol shaved nearly a run-and-a-half off his ERA (2.53 in Tinsletown), with a sparkling K/9 inning rate of 11.4. Of course, he still walked nearly a batter an inning, but don't tell the Marlins.

Feb 3, 5:21 PM

Report: A month later, Marmol still talking with three teams

Feb 3, 5:21 PM

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The Jon Heyman brings us the latest on free-agent reliever Carlos Marmol, because, let's face it, we're all wondering:

It was reported exactly a month ago that Marmol was talking to three teams, and that he could sign in January. So much for that. 

Marmol spent 2013 with the Cubs and Dodgers, throwing heat and piling up strikeouts. But the 31-year-old has control issues. Serious control issues. As in, "he walked 40 batters in 49 innings last year" control issues.

For more on Marmol, including some dubious history, check out the post below. 

Jan 3, 4:13 PM

Report: Carlos Marmol has discussed deal with three teams

Jan 3, 4:13 PM

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Erratic reliever Carlos Marmol, who labored through a turbulent 2013 campaign with the Cubs and Dodgers, is reportedly drawing interest from several MLB clubs, according to MLBTR's Tim Dierkes.

Never lauded for his control, Marmol issued a whopping 21 walks over 27.2 innings with the Cubs last season, prompting the club to designate him for assignment in late June.  The hard-throwing right-hander was traded to the Dodgers shortly thereafter, and was immediately outrighted to the minors.

Marmol was eventually recalled on July 23, and proceeded to make 21 appearances for the Dodgers, fashioning a 2.53 ERA despite posting a walk rate of nearly 20 percent.  Marmol, who was omitted from the Dodgers' NLDS  roster, finished with a 4.41 ERA -- his highest since his rookie year -- while managing a 1.63 WHIP across 52 appearances in 2013.

Though Marmol has posted superlative strikeout rates throughout his career, his inability to throw consistent strikes puts him in some very rare company.  Only three relievers in history have amassed at least 500 career innings while averaging more than six walks per nine innings:

PlayerBB/9IPGSVERAERA+
Carlos Marmol6.15563.25041173.46125
Mitch Williams7.08691.16191923.65111
Mark Clear6.2804.1481833.85109

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