In what many might’ve thought wouldn’t be possible, the Dodgers acquired Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol in exchange for recently designated for assignment Dodgers reliever Matt Guerrier.
The two teams were on the verge of making a deal yesterday afternoon, but after the Cubs traded starter Scott Feldman, the Dodgers also received an international bonus that was acquired in the deal with the Orioles.
Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com first reported the deal in its entirety:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 2, 2013
Marmol has struggled this year to the tune of a 5.86 ERA after he lost his closer’s job in early April. While the Dodgers bullpen has been relatively weak, the infusion of young relievers Chris Withrow and Jose Dominguez were on full display on Sunday.
Guerrier was designated for assignment by the Dodgers over the weekend after underperforming in two years as he’s in the last year of his deal.
The real coup of the deal will be the international signing bonus slot as the Dodgers have shown that their scouting in Cuba and Asia is really strong after signing Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Hopefully, leaving the toxic environment of Chicago will benefit Marmol as he comes to a team competing for a playoff spot and could use another strong arm out of the bullpen.