Apr 18, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carlos Marmol (49) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning at Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Texas Rangers 6-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs Release Former Closer Carlos Marmol

It’s been a bad week for closers – or should I say – former closers. In addition to the Detroit Tigers axing Jose Valverde for the second time in months, the Chicago Cubs have now taken a similar stance with the hard throwing Carlos Marmol.

The former closer who’s been yanked from his vaulted position on more than one occasion has now received the dreaded pink slip as the Cubs elected to designate Marmol for assignment.

Per Paul Sullivan:

Marmol DFA. Stewart released.

Short and to the point, unlike any game Marmol attempted to “save”.

Owner of a 5.86 ERA, the death blow to the Dominican’s career with the Cubs may have come over a week ago when the undrafted pitcher gave up four runs to the New York Mets – the second time he’s given up four runs in an appearance this season alone.

The long time Cub was thought to be the closer of the future back in the late 2000′s as Marmol and his electric fastball seemed unstoppable at times but since then it’s been a rough few years which ends in a DFA.

He’ll attempt to leech on to another team in need of bullpen help.

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