Mar 16, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Marmol (49) in the ninth inning during a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals at HoHoKam stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs Near Trade for Former Closer Carlos Marmol

The Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen needs some help, something they hope to get from exiled Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol. Unfortunately, Marmol can’t do anything to stop Don Mattingley’s awful game management.

According to Bruce Levine of ESPN, the Cubs and Dodgers are near a trade that will send Marmol out West.

Per Levine:

The Chicago Cubs are closing in on a trade that would send Carlos Marmol to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to two sources.

Marmol was designated for assignment on June 25, giving the Cubs a 10-day period to trade him or give him his unconditional release. He has a limited no-trade clause with six teams he could block, including the Dodgers.

It’s unknown which player or players the Dodgers would send to Chicago.

Marmol is owed more than $5 million on his $9.8 million for this season, and another source said the Dodgers will absorb some of the money owed. He’s ending a three-year, $21 million contract with the Cubs, who are the only team he’s played for in the majors.

Currently winners of eight out of their last nine, the Dodgers have inched closer to first place in the National League West sitting just four games out as of tonight.

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