General managers are always on the lookout for a great bargain. They also know that certain players won't have a chance to become bargains until all 30 teams have passed on acquiring them multiple times and their value dips to the point where the best their current team can do is eat the remaining salary and taking back a fringe prospect in return.
Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol is the latest example of a player no one else wanted. At least not at the Cubs' asking price, which likely wasn't very much. After failing to find a taker for the 30 year-old, the Cubs designated him for assignment a few days ago.
They'll have 10 days to trade him for what would amount to the aforementioned fringe prospect and the Cubs eating most of his remaining 2013 salary ($9.8 million) or wait until he clears waivers—there is no chance he won't clear waivers—and either release him or offer an outright assignment to the minors, which he can decline and become a free agent.
Marmol, who has been one of the most erratic late-inning relievers in baseball over the past few seasons, has been very effective at times—he had a 1.52 ERA with 12 saves in 13 chances to go along with 17 walks and 39 strikeouts in 29.2 second half innings last season. For this reason, Marmol will go from unwanted to highly-coveted since he can be had for almost nothing.
Here are five other players that are likely being shopped but are drawing very little interest from the other 29 teams in the league.