Carlos Marmol was acquired from the Chicago Cubs along with an international signing bonus slot on July 2 in exchange for Matt Guerrier. Marmol wore out his welcome with the Cubs and was in need of a change of scenery as the Dodgers viewed him as a project that they could turn around.
Regular Season Grade: B
Marmol was a pleasant surprise for the Dodgers after being recalled from the minor leagues. In 21 appearances, the right-hander had a 2.53 ERA and 27 strikeouts. He provided a live arm that manager Don Mattingly could turn to in many situations.
The 31-year-old still had trouble with walks as he had 19 free passes in 21.1 innings. He was able to overcome that deficiency and only allowed six earned runs. Marmol’s role grew as the season progressed and Mattingly trusted him more and more in late-game situations. He became a reliable arm and even earned a spot on the postseason roster in the NLCS.
After a 5.86 ERA with the Cubs, Marmol was able to turn his season around and showed flashes of the pitcher that had 38 saves in 2010. The Dodgers may decide to bring him back next season based on his production.
Playoff Grade: B+
Marmol was left off the postseason roster in the NLDS, but was brought on for the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals. He had two appearances in six games and pitched 3.2 innings. He had five strikeouts, allowed just one hit and issued one walk.
The former Cub hadn’t been in the playoffs since 2008 when he had a 6.75 ERA. Marmol provided a bright spot for the Dodgers in the series.
Overall Grade: B
Marmol became a nice addition to the bullpen and looked even better compared to the player he was traded for, Matt Guerrier. The Dodgers seemed to help him fix his control problems and Marmol’s confidence grew as the season continued.
It’s unclear whether the Dodgers will re-sign Marmol this off-season but the right-hander may have found himself a job somewhere with his second-half performance.
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