CARLOS MARMOL, 31, relief pitcher
Final 2013 stats: 2-4, 4.41 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, two saves, 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 52 games (0-0, 2.53, 1.55, none, 11.4 in 21 games as a Dodger).
Contract status: Free agent.
The good: He could still strike people out, at least when he could throw the ball around the plate. As a Dodger, he was second on the team to
More than cut his
The bad: Alas, when he wasn't striking people out, he was too often still issuing them a free base. He walked 8.0 batters per nine innings as a Dodger, which was actually more than he had as a Cub (6.8).
What’s next: All things are possible for
The take: For three seasons (2009-11) Marmol looked like a real find for the Cubs. He averaged almost 30 saves a year and struck out 13.2 per nine innings, making his bouts of control issues tolerable.
But he blew 16 save opportunities the last three seasons and the Cubs had enough and designated him for assignment. The
There were times the Dodgers thought they had turned Marmol around, much as they had
Where he goes from here, though, is massive speculation. Plenty of teams, Dodgers included, would welcome him to camp, just not under any kind of noteworthy guaranteed contract.