Chicago Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol was nearly traded in early November, only to have the deal called off due to concerns regarding the health status of then-Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dan Haren.
He then watched as the Cubs signed Japanese relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa. Fujikawa will compete with Marmol for the closer's role.
Now, Marmol is dealing with another issue.
Marmol was accused of domestic abuse stemming from an incident that occurred in late October.
While details are sketchy, Marmol claims that he gave a ride to a girl who later filed that accusation. Marmol was unaware of anything until he heard a report on the radio.
Via Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago:
"I gave a ride to this girl that I know and she said I tried to have sex with her," Marmol said. "I never did that.
"I am frustrated a lot. I didn't do anything. This is very frustrating. I gave her a ride to a party that is close to my house and that was all. I am very (ticked) off. My lawyers and I went to the police and we are trying to get her to go to jail."
The Cubs showed their support of Marmol, with Theo Epstein saying that the club performed due diligence in investigating the matter.
"It's the organization's responsibility to take all accusations like that very seriously," Epstein said. "It was our decision to look into it a little bit. We don't have all the information, but all the information we have been able to gather backs up Carlos' story that he is not guilty of any wrongdoing whatsoever.
"He may in fact be the victim here, if this case continues to be pursued like this, so all we can do is evaluate it on the merits. So far what we have seen backs Carlos' story, and we will continue to support him. We do expect that this matter will be behind him shortly based on the way it is proceeding in the Dominican courts."
Like Marmol didn't have enough to deal with already.