The Chicago Cubs are struggling again. With one of the worst records in baseball, they sit tied for last in the National League Central. Ian Stewart was expected to be released todayfrom Triple-A Iowa, but Carlos Marmol wasn’t.
The Cubs released both players and called up Brian Bogusevic to replace Marmol at the major league level. Chicago now has 10 days to trade, release or waive the former All-Star closer.
It’s been an ugly year for Marmol. He sports a 5.86 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP in 27 1/3 innings. He’s 40 percent on save chances, successfully closing just two of five games this year. Kevin Gregg has assumed the closer role and has performed admirably with 11 saves in 11 chances.
Marmol was an All-Star in 2010 when he saved 38 games for the Cubs and had a 2.55 ERA while striking out 138 in 77 2/3 innings. He shattered the MLB single-season record for strikeouts per nine innings with a mark of 15.99.
He is owed $9.8 million this year after signing a 3-year, $20 million deal after the 2010 season. A chunk like that should allow him to clear waivers and be optioned to the Cubs minor league system.