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Atlanta Braves not Interested in Chicago Cubs’ Carlos Marmol

June 26th, 2013 at 11:49 AM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves need bullpen help. The Chicago Cubs have designated Carlos Marmol for assignment. Could it be a match made by the baseball gods? No, so says Dave O'Brien.

The Cubs have the option of releasing or trading Marmol, who has a 5.86 ERA by giving up 26 hits and 21 walks in 27 2/3 innings, even though they owe him $5.3 million for the rest of the season.

Interestingly enough, most of Marmol's appearances have actually gone without a hitch. It's just that when it's bad for Marmol, everything blows up, usually costing him three or four runs in just 1/3 of an inning.

The Braves, albeit with Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty out for the year, have still put up a big league-best 2.77 bullpen ERA, but the need for stability outweighs the need for a veteran arm. Still, they could end up making a swap with someone for the right man.

Assuming Brandon Beachy is healthy and can come back soon, the Braves could use Paul Maholm as trade bait for a team that needs rotation help.

It may still be worth considering bringing on a low-risk contract such as Brian Wilson, who is still a free agent after his second Tommy John surgery last year.

 

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Brandon Beachy, Brian Wilson, Carlos Marmol, Chicago Cubs, MLB, Paul Maholm

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