It was reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com last week that Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol cleared waivers. However, does any contending team have interest?
While Marmol has been outstanding in the second half, posting a 1.42 ERA with seven saves since the All-Star break, there has been no scuttlebutt on the net whatsoever regarding any team's possible interest in the 29-year-old closer.
The reason for that is likely his contract.
Marmol signed a three-year, $20 million contract prior to the 2011 season that was heavily back-loaded. Marmol is due to make $9.8 million next year in the final year of the deal.
While his recent play has been encouraging, no team is willing to take on that additional year for a closer who has a history of streaky play throughout his career.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum recently gave Marmol a vote of confidence, saying he was comfortable going into next season with Marmol as his closer.
“I don’t see why not,” Sveum said. “Right now, knock on wood, he’s been as good as anybody in baseball (since) he’s been back in the closer’s role.
“I’m comfortable with him. … A lot of times people forget those last three outs are difficult (even) for the Trevor Hoffmans and the Dennis Eckersleys.”
Judging from the inactivity regarding Marmol, Sveum may be the only one that has that confidence.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.