Reports say the
I mean, didn’t the
In fact, the Cubs cut a deal with the Angels last October, but Marmol said no. Then Marmol said yes, but the Cubs said no when either the Angels suddenly wanted to change the financials on the deal or the Cubs didn't have it right to start with, or something like that.
Whatever, it never came off, but the Cubs wanted Marmol off their roster in October, so why not now?
The Cubs supposedly haven't talked with the Tigers. Maybe the Tigers are waiting to be approached. Have Dennis Rodman broker a phone call.
Last season, Marmol was yanked from the closer spot, and it was a wonder he still had a uniform. Sometimes he found the sweet spot with his slider. Sometimes the catcher found it coming off the bricks. Sometimes he used his fastball the way the team wanted. Sometimes he went on mental walkabout, and walked about half the stadium.
Sounds like the perfect guy to replace
But then Marmol converted 19 straight saves from May 2 to Sept. 14 with a gaudy 0.49 ERA. His trade value couldn’t be higher. The Tigers have money and World Series hopes. They also have
The first Tigers name mentioned these days is starting pitcher Rick Porcello, who is battling for the fifth spot in the Detroit rotation and reportedly is someone the Rangers are considering.
Porcello went 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA for the
But at 24, he’s the right age for
You can never have enough third basemen, either, if you're the Cubs. No, wait, you apparently can't even have one third baseman if you're the Cubs.
The Cubs’ situation at third base is more pathetic than
The other candidates at third are Christian Villanueva, who has trouble hitting, and
Where do the Cubs find these guys? No, wait, why do the Cubs find these guys? This wouldn’t happen if
See what I’m saying? It’s a joke that the Cubs don’t have an everyday player at third. Not a real major leaguer, anyway. They haven’t developed a third baseman since
I didn’t think they would immediately replace
Right now, the only answer is to declare third base closed the way we did with right field as kids.
Marmol ought to be worth a starting pitcher, especially to a desperate team, and the Tigers are desperate after losing the World Series and Kate Upton.