September 2011 Archives

Thinking Cubs 2012, a closer look at Carlos Marmol

The sentiment might have been right, but the money wasn't.

At the end of the 2010 season, the Cubs signed Carlos Marmol to a three-year contract, paying him $20 million, the larger portion of which will be delivered in 2012 and 2013.

Marmol was coming off a season in which he saved 38 games, an 89 percent clip. He appeared in 77 total, finishing 70 of them, a league high.

The Cubs did what could have seemed the sensible thing. They bought out the rest of Marmol's arbitration years, and gave him a nice salary bump in 2012 to make up for a lower number in 2011 (Marmol would have made either $4.1 million or $5.65 million. It is amazing what saves can do for arb numbers.)

But in terms of long term thinking, the move is now very short sighted.

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