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Posted 07 December 2011 - 07:05 AM
At the same time, I think Marshall could be one hell of a closer.
Posted 07 December 2011 - 12:15 PM
I think the issue does bear revisiting now though, as situations have changed somewhat. It is clear that the Cubs have greater depth in the bullpen than in the rotation. As the market for closers was high, the hope, I think, was that they could move Carlos Marmol, possibly gain some pitching, and move Marshall to the back of the pen. But as the market for Marmol seems to have deflated somewhat, I think that it would be wise for the Cubs to look at conveting some of their depth in the bullpen to starters. Cashner is coming of a shoulder injury, and I don't think they will try Russel again, so that pretty much leaves Samardzia and Marshall. Odds are that Smarsh gets his shot, but the question is, will they give Marsh his too? How much would you love having "Smarsh and Marsh" as your 4-5 starters?
Posted 07 December 2011 - 12:28 PM
But seriously I think Samardzija will go to the rotation and Marshall will stay in the pen.
But I wouldn't be against trading Marshall, because Russel was as good as him in the bullpen last year, so I don't think we would be missing much.
Posted 07 December 2011 - 04:04 PM
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 08:48 PM
I tend to agree. Plus, it was brutal last year when Marshall would come in and retire the side in the eighth on, like, 8 pitches. Then they would pull him for Marmol in the 9th, just cause he is the closer. I say, give yourself the freedom to go with the hot hand or the right match up.
I think that Marshall is the most solid arm in the bullpen. I say trade Russell. One year of Russell being solid doesn't equal what Marshall has done. Besides, if they keep him in the pen, it should prolong his career. I think that the cubs should go the "closer by committee" route. As much as I hate to use that phrase, I think that within any game, there is the right pitching matchup rather than just going with someone that has the title closer.
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