• Citing distraction, decline, Cubs designate Marmol

    Summary of 4 articles · Updated Jun 25, 2013
    Marmol is the big news here, since he's been brutal out of the Cubs bullpen this season. The Chicago Cubs designated beleaguered relief pitcher Carlos Marmol for assignment, likely ending Marmol's time with the only team he's played for since entering the big leagues in 2006. An All-Star as a setup man in 2008, Marmol became the team's closer in late 2009 and compiled 117 saves, third on the Cubs all-time list. Stewart said the Cubs might as well release him. That's what they did Tuesday. He lost the everyday closer gig, but still managed to blow games for the Cubs in a fill-in role. He was 23-32 with a 3.50 ERA in 483 appearances in parts of eight seasons with Chicago and is just the fifth player in franchise history with 20 or more saves in three straight seasons, along with Ryan Dempster, Randy Myers, Lee Smith and Bruce Sutter.

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