It’s amazing how it seems that, every year, when speculating on what a guy will receive in arbitration, fans are collectively able to nail the approximate mid-point of what a guy will request and what a team will offer. Case in point? Carlos Marmol – most had projected him to get about $5 million in his second year of arbitration, and that’s just about the midpoint.

Although closer Carlos Marmol filed for arbitration, Cubs insiders appeared confident the two sides will agree to terms before a hearing can take place next month. Marmol is seeking $5.65 million, while the Cubs are offering $4.1 million.

Either figure would be a nice raise from the $2.125 million Marmol made last year. It’s possible the Cubs and Marmol soon could agree on a one-year deal or a multiyear contract.

Marmol has another arbitration year after this one, so a two year deal offers security for both sides – something in the range of $13 million for two years wouldn’t be surprising.