Erratic relief pitcher Carlos Marmol may have finally reached the end of his long, winding and very wild road.
Marmol was pitching on a one-year deal for the Marlins this year in hopes that he could finally harness his famously electric stuff, but it just didn’t happen for the former Cubs reliever.
Things hit rock bottom for Marmol Saturday when he gave up four runs to the Padres in one inning of work. Sunday, the Marlins announced that they have designated Marmol for assignment.
The team now has ten days to send Marmol down, release him or trade him.
Marmol seemed to have an inkling that the end might be near while speaking to reporters in the wake of his Saturday night meltdown.
“Couldn’t get people out,” Marmol said when asked what happened. “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.”
Anyone who watched Marmol pitch during his time as the closer in Chicago knows how insanely devastating his slider can be when he has control of it. The problem for Marmol is that he seldom has control of it.
This year’s stint in Miami may have been Marmol’s last shot at getting it together. What’s next for the one-time dominating reliever? I don’t know. Does Carlos Zambrano need a roommate?