Once upon a time, right-hander Carlos Marmol racked up 92 saves over a three-year span from 2010 to 2012, and when he was “on”, Marmol was one of the more dominant relievers in all of baseball. On Monday, however, he was released by the Miami Marlins after some ugly performances.
#Marlins have released Carlos Marmol
— Joe Capozzi (@joecapMARLINS) May 19, 2014
For all intensive purposes, Marmol’s work with the Marlins came to a close when he was designated for assignment last weekend, but the 31-year-old has cleared waivers and Miami chose to release him rather than keeping him in their system. The Marlins were clearly trying out Marmol as a low-cost flyer (they gave him a $1.25 million contract for 2014), but the results were disastrous, as he posted an 8.10 ERA with a walk rate of 6.75 per 9 innings over 15 appearances.
It remains to be seen where the hard throwing right-hander will land, but it is also difficult to imagine a world in which Marmol doesn’t get picked up on a minor league contract, simply because of his potential. Pitchers who can post a career strikeout rate of 11.60 per 9 innings don’t grow on trees, and if a club can straighten him out, they could be handsomely rewarded for their efforts.