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carlos marmol yesWhen embattled Chicago Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol was designated for assignment last week, it seemed like simply the first stop on the way to Release Town. Sure, it gave the Cubs 10 days to release, waive, or trade Marmol, but a trade seemed a virtual impossibility given Marmol’s performance woes this year.

Well, a report from Bruce Levine shakes its fist at we of little faith. Two sources tell Levine that the Cubs are “closing in on a trade” that would send Marmol to the Dodgers.

Keep in mind, the return from the Dodgers – if this deal goes down – will simply be enough to buy them the first right to grab Marmol, since the Cubs otherwise would have released him (allowing him to sign with any team he wanted, rather than only the Dodgers). So there’s a teeny, tiny bit of value there, if the Dodgers think they can reclaim Marmol – and they do need bullpen help.

Levine adds that Marmol’s limited no-trade clause allows him to block deals to six teams, and that the Dodgers are one of those teams (makes sense, given that the Angels were also on the list, as we learned in the offseason). If Marmol believes he’ll be given a legitimate shot in Los Angeles to stick in the pen, I suspect he won’t block the deal.

We’ll keep our eyes on this one, but I’d still keep my hopes in check. There is no healthy Dan Haren on the other end of this trade.

UPDATE: Well, Peter Gammons seems to think this is happening, saying that Bruce Levine is “right again.”

UPDATE 2 (5:03pm CT): Jon Heyman confirms that the two teams have talked about Marmol, but there’s nothing official yet. He suspects the move might save the Cubs a little money, which is what you should be hoping for at this point.

UPDATE 3 (5:05pm CT): Carrie Muskat says the Cubs aren’t commenting.

UPDATE 4 (5:40pm CT): Patrick Mooney confirms that a deal is close, and that the Cubs won’t be getting anything but a little bit of salary relief.

UPDATE 5 (6:58pm CT): Dodgers.com writer Ken Gurnick says that if a deal goes through, the Cubs will be picking up “most, if not all” of the $5 million left on Marmol’s deal. He says the Cubs would be getting a player recently removed from the Dodgers’ roster – i.e., someone DFA’d like Marmol. In the last few days, the Dodgers have designed infielder Luis Cruz and reliever Matt Guerrier for assignment, so there’s your short list. They both fall into the maybe-not-even-worth-a-roster-spot category, which sounds about right. The Cubs might be figuring that, since each guy has had past success as a complementary piece, maybe they can take a hail mary at reclaiming some value in the next 30 days. It’s a stretch, obviously.

UPDATE 6 (8:10pm CT): Theo Epstein is on Dave Kaplan’s new show on WGN Radio tonight, and he just said that, yeah, a deal might be in the works involving Marmol and getting him a change of scenery. But, if it does happen, it isn’t going to be a significant deal.

  • nkniacc13

    If they get the reliever lets DFA Camp then

  • Die hard

    Just woke from my nap –is Marmol still a Cub? If so not surprised … Another hype by Theo to generate buzz… Like Garza

    • Timothy Scarbrough

      Obviously Theo is just trying to hype this to sell tickets. Good thing you are here to see through their PR bullshit.

  • Rebuilding

    You would think the Rays might be interested in Schierholtz. Their corner outfielders tonight are Sean Rodriguez and Sam Fuld

    • Jed Jam Band

      The Rays usually aren’t ones to make newsworthy trades. Anyways, with Jennings, Joyce, and now Myers they have a pretty solid core group of OF’s. Anyways, seeing as how Joyce takes the RH platoon split, Schierholtz might not be the best fit. What the Rays really need is some win-now pitching, but if their offense keeps this up, that point might become moot.

      • Rebuilding

        You are right – they usually don’t for salary reasons. With our ability to pick up salary and Schierholtz’s relative cheapness I think it changes that a bit. They have a hole at DH (Luke Scott) where Myers fits better anyway. They definitely need another bat or two

  • Die hard

    Marmol will win pennant for Dodgers … So Theo should make PTBNL conditional on success of team this season … Theo ?? Earth to Theo …. Hello anybody out there ?

    • DarthWolf

      [img]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3747/9179773544_40eb9124fb_o.jpg[/img]

  • cms0101

    Sounds like the Marmol deal will be for DFA relief pitcher Matt Guerrier and a small amount of salary savings. There’s also news that Steve Clevenger may get moved for international pool money, to the Marlins. Let the games begin!

    • Jed Jam Band

      I actually approve of this. A lot.

      • YourResidentJag

        It’s pretty much what Theo’s just said on the radio. I’m Ok because we’re saving $ and at least getting a live body.

    • Rich H

      Clevelanger to the Marlins? Does that mean they have another catcher that they have their eye on in trade? The reason we got Navarro is for added piece in a trade. If we trade our depth instead what does that say about the “Plan”?

      • DarthWolf

        Ummm … it’s flexible?

      • Rebuilding

        I don’t think moving Clevenger has any bearing on any plan. Man are the Marlins an embarrassment. If I was Selig I would step in and force them to spend their international money

      • Timothy Scarbrough

        It says that they are impressed with the return of IFA spending pool money for a boderline major league caliber backstop.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        J.C. Boscon is still in Iowa, I believe. The depth is there to deal Clevenger and Navarro should the right deals emerge.

        • Rich H

          I had forgotten about him. Thanks Luke.

      • nkniacc13

        If Clevenger is moved could it be a 3 team trade with Marmol, Nolasco and Guerrier as main pieces?

  • DarthWolf

    Paul Sullivan: “With or without Carlos Marmol, the Cubs’ bullpen remains a problem area.”

    Wow, what insight! Brett, you’d better not try to plagiarize that!

  • Michael
  • Die hard

    Shouldn’t all deals be on hold pending the MLB drug investigation? It’s like buying a car that’s possibly on an engine recall list

    • DarthWolf

      [img]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3747/9179773544_40eb9124fb_o.jpg[/img]

    • AB

      That’s exactly how we feel about your posts…..all Die Hard posts should be on hold pending investigation into the influence of drugs and alcohol.

      • Die hard

        Not to worry .. No law against drunken typing or else most of BN would be behind bars instead of at the bars

  • Die hard

    I must’ve missed it— how much did Bryant sign for and when is he to report?

  • Timmy

    BREAKING NEWS: Cubs sign Milton Bradley for 12 year contract as new closer.

    • Timothy Scarbrough

      You’ve got a while to go to meet Diehard’s standards.

  • Timmy

    BREAKING NEWS: Cubs trade Anthony Rizzo for Austin Kearns, who they immediately turned around and traded for Milton Bradley, who they DFAed minutes after signing him to a 12 year contract, eating the whole contract.

    • DarthWolf

      BREAKING NEWS: Timmy’s Head to Emerge From Rectum. Scientists Incredulous.

      • Hansman1982

        Nope…still firmly there. Doctors breath a collective sigh of relief.

  • Timmy

    BREAKING NEWS: Cubs sign J.D. Drew to a 9 year contract.

    • kuvihorken

      this is one of the best comments i have seen on this site.

      • TWC

        Because it’s the only one you’ve read?

        • Timmy

          LOL

  • North Side Irish

    Chris Cotillo ‏@ChrisCotillo 4m
    Source: #Cubs decided to trade Clevenger within last 24 hours after disagreement over how injury was handled. Update coming on @mlbdailydish

    • North Side Irish

      Chris Cotillo ‏@ChrisCotillo 1m
      Clevenger involvement in #Dodgers deal for Marmol a definite possibility.

      • North Side Irish

        Chris Cotillo ‏@ChrisCotillo 21s
        Source: Steve Clevenger is 100% not getting traded to the #Dodgers.

        So basically…nevermind those last couple posts…

  • Rcleven

    ” Clevenger will NOT be traded to the Dodgers, MLBDailyDish’s Chris Cotillo has learned. A deal involving him will be separate from the Carlos Marmol trade, and will likely happen early Tuesday.”

    This from Chris Cotillo:
    http://www.mlbdailydish.com/2013/7/1/4485138/cubs-trade-rumors-is-steve-clevenger-on-his-way-out

  • Die hard

    Sportcenter confirmed talks but indicated Marmol may reject deal… More chess moves to come

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