The Chicago Cubs have told reliever Carlos Marmol’s agent to “expect” a trade — though it might not come right away.
The Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer reported Saturday that the Cubs want Marmol to “re-establish some trade value” before they look into making a move. The report comes amid renewed rumors involving Marmol, some of which have said that the Cubs are hoping to trade him before the start of the season.
Wittenmyer reported that Marmol has provided the Cubs with a list of five teams to which he would accept a trade. But the Cubs want to wait until Kyuji Fujikawa — who came from Japan and signed a two-year, $9 million deal in December — establishes himself in the Cubs’ bullpen.
The 30-year-old Marmol will make $9.8 million this season before he becomes a free agent. He had a bounce-back year last season, saving 20 games in 23 chances with a 3.42 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings. Marmol’s control continued to plague him, however, as he walked 45 in those 55 1/3 innings.