Why must we talk about Carlos Marmol?

The Tigers shouldn't spend much time worrying about finding a replacement for rookie closer candidate Bruce Rondon — and probably won't.

It seemed clear the Tigers wanted to see their fire-tossing minor league whiz-kid succeed in the closer's role, but their 2013 hopes would not grind to a halt without his success.

Rondon's wildness early during spring training cost him some of that fire.

And with scrutiny as tight as everyone knew it would be, any hiccup would be justification to spin the rumor wheel and see what came up.

Turns out the wheel stopped on Marmol, who could be described as a veteran, but not necessarily a better version of Rondon, 22.

True, Marmol has 115 more saves more than Rondon. But he's also blown 25 attempts, including 10 in 2011.

On top of that, Marmol has walked six batters for every nine innings during his career. That figure soared to 7.3 in 2012.

Oh, and he's due $9.8 million in 2013.

Even ceding that the Cubs may cover some of that salary if they want any useful players in return, it's hard to see the Marmol rumors as anything but ridiculous.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130312/OPINION03/303120328#ixzz2NKg7LKvD