Yesterday it was reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs wear nearing a trade for exiled closer Carlos Marmol and today, that trade has been made official.
Per Jim Bowden of ESPN:
Dodgers swap Matt Guerrier to Cubs for Carlos Marmol and Cubs 4th International signing bonus slot
Marmol has been nothing short of a disaster in the closing role for the Cubs, a role he lost early in the season. It’s been a few years of turmoil in that slot actually, but the Dodgers, despite their own bullpen woes have no desire to put Marmol at the back of the pen.
Strangely enough, despite Marmol’s horribly ineffective numbers closing games, he hasn’t been half bad in other scenarios. That’s not to say he’s exactly been good either, but he’s at least been serviceable which is about all the Dodgers can ask for as they only parted with Matt Guerrier.
On the plus side for the Dodgers, he can’t be any worse than Brandon League.
Guerrier has a career 3.54 ERA and should provide bullpen depth for the Cubs, who finally can get away from the wild Marmol.