We all knew it was coming.
Much like the rise and fall of the tide, the Carlos Marmol trade rumors have reached another high point. This goes on despite most team’s unwillingness to make deals during spring training.
Mar. 3, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carlos Marmol (49) throws during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Cubs beat the Angels 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
While many teams have been “reported” to have interest in the Marmolcoaster and his $9.8 million salary in 2013, Bruce Levine of ESPN reports that the Tigers are the front runners at this time.
In retrospect Marmol does have the ability to veto a deal to many west coast clubs, but would reportedly waive that right in order to be traded to a contender.
The Cubs’ need for Marmol was diminished with the addition of Kyuji Fujikawa, but nothing is set in stone just yet. According to Jed Hoyer, Marmol is still the Cubs closer and has been working hard to provide a great year to the North Siders.
We’ll see how this one plays out, but a Marmol trade wouldn’t shock anyone.