Dodgers Aquire Shaky Closer Carlos Marmol

DODGERS ACQUIRE CARLOS MARMOL AND CASH CONSIDERATIONS FROM CUBS IN EXCHANGE FOR MATT GUERRIER
Los Angeles also acquires international signing bonus slot from Chicago

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired right-handed reliever Carlos Marmol and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-hander Matt Guerrier. The Dodgers also acquired international signing bonus slot No. 92 valued at $209,700 from the Cubs as part of the deal.

Marmol, 30, was 23-32 with a 3.50 ERA and 117 saves in 483 games (13 starts) in eight big league seasons with Chicago. The native of the Dominican Republic, who was originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on July 3, 1999, has limited opponents to a .185 batting average in his career with 703 strikeouts, the most in Cubs history by a reliever, in 542.1 innings. Since 2007, Marmol leads Major League relievers with 644 strikeouts, 125 more than his closest competitor (Jonathan Papelbon, 519), and ranks fourth with a .174 opponents’ batting average. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was selected as a 2008 NL All-Star and has posted 20 or more saves in each of the last three seasons, including a career-high 38 saves (4th, NL) in 2010.

Marmol was 2-4 with a 5.86 ERA and two saves in 31 appearances this season. He struck out 32 in 27.2 innings this year and limited opponents to a .252 batting average, including a .119 mark against left-handers (5-for-42). Prior to being designated for assignment on June 25, Marmol had tossed scoreless relief in five of his last six games.

Guerrier went 6-8 with one save and a 4.24 ERA in 120 appearances during his three seasons with Los Angeles, including a 2-3 mark with a 4.80 ERA in 34 games this season before he was designated for assignment on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who spent the first seven seasons of his career with Minnesota, has gone 25-33 with a 3.54 ERA in 513 career games (three starts).

Source: Los Angeles Dodgers Media

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