The Chicago cubs and Carlos Marmol settled on an agreement in the mid-point between the club's original offer of 1.75 million and Marmol's asking price of 2.5 million. Carlos will make 2.125 million this year, his first year as the cubs closer full-time. There is no question that Marmol has the wicked stuff, to be a closer, but he has had control problems in the past, if he can get his command of the strike zone back, he will be a dominant closer, and be well worth the 2.125 million dollar salary.
Ryan Theriot and the cubs are still 800,000 dollars apart, and are likely headed for arbitration. Theriot's asking price is 3.4 million, while the cubs offered 2.6 million. I think the cubs were pretty generous in their offer for Theriot's first year of arbitration eligibility. I think Theriot is a solid short stop, and role player for the cubs, but in all phases of the game, he is merely average. What do you think?