Entering the final year of his contract, closer Carlos Marmol hopes he stays with the Chicago Cubs this season and beyond.
The 30-year-old Marmol, who is in the final season of a three-year, $21 million contract, is dealing with a pending court case in which he has been accused of domestic abuse by a 24-year-old woman in his native Dominican Republic and the possibility that he will be traded before he becomes a free agent in November. Marmol said Thursday he’s not sure if he’ll have to return to the Dominican Republic to address the court case.
The Cubs tried to trade Marmol to the Los Angeles Angels on Nov. 2 for pitcher Dan Haren. Marmol waived his no-trade clause, which included four teams, but Haren's medicals raised enough eyebrows around the Cubs organization that the trade was rescinded before completion.
The Cubs insist Marmol will again be their closer this season, but he isn't quite sure where he will be pitching come Opening Day.
"I don't know about that," Marmol said. "They tried to trade me before. I hope I can stay here for the full year because it is hard to think about if you are going to be going somewhere else to pitch or not. I hope to stay here."
The Angels again may need some help in the back end of their bullpen. After missing out on Marmol, they signed former closer Ryan Madson as a free agent. Madson, who missed the 2012 season with an arm injury, has had some early arm soreness in Angels camp.
Marmol hopes to be Cub in '13 and beyond
ESPN.com | Feb 14