Earlier, the team had not confirmed the signing, however, John Fay confirmed via twitter that they are brining in the ex-Chicago Cubs closer.
#Reds confirmed they're bringing in Marmol for a physical. Big-time stuff, trouble throwing strikes.— John Fay (@johnfayman) May 27, 2014
Marmol, 31, made his debut in 2006 and was released earlier this May by the Miami Marlins after appearing in 15 games collecting an 0-3 record while allowing 12 earned runs (8.10 ERA). Although he did record 14 strikeouts in just over 13 innings.
He was an All-Star selection for Chicago in 2008. Marmol had his best season in 2010, when he recorded 38 saves with a 2.55 ERA in 77 appearances, but since then he has had control issues. In his nine year career, Marmol is 23-35 with a 3.57 ERA in 519 total appearances, totaling 577 innings. The pitcher played eight seasons for the Chicago Cubs before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers midway through the 2013 season.
The signing is an interesting one considering that the Cincinnati Reds has had troubles with their bullpen this season. They are dead-last in the National League with a 4.78 ERA. Only a few of relievers on the Reds roster ha compiled an ERA under 3 which includes Jonathan Broxton (0.64 in 14 games), Sam LeCure (1.29 in 19 games), and Aroldis Chapman (2.57 in six games).
If the native of the Dominican Republic passes his physical, which is expected to be done at the Arizona Complex, he will attempt to work on his control problems. If those kinks are worked out, Marmol may have the opportunity to find a place in the Reds bullpen as the season progresses.
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