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Chicago Cubs' fans have seen the last of Carlos Marmol.
The Chicago Cubs completed two different trades on Tuesday, July 2.
The first trade sent starting pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. Feldman was in the midst of a fantastic season in Chicago, posting a 3.46 ERA (versus a park-adjusted 3.77 xFIP), 1.14 WHIP and 2.68 K/BB. But the rebuilding organization correctly decided to cash in on his production, flipping him for two young, controllable arms. Feldman will be a free agent after the season.
In addition, the Cubs also dealt maligned former closer Carlos Marmol and their fourth international signing bonus slot to the Los Angeles Dodgers for recently designated reliever Matt Guerrier. The trade is truly the end of an era, as the Cubs originally signed the Dominican native as an amateur free agent in 1999, when he was just 17 years old.
Marmol, 30, has been particularly ineffective in 2013, posting a dismal 5.86 ERA (versus a park-adjusted 4.88 xFIP), 1.69 WHIP and 1.52 K/BB.
Just a day after the trade, the Dodgers designated Marmol for assignment. The seemingly odd transaction simply confirms that the Dodgers spent $500,000 (the difference between Marmol’s and Guerrier’s contracts) in order to acquire the additional international slot (which is worth $210,000). The 30-year-old Marmol has since cleared waivers and will report to Triple-A.