Right-hander Carlos Marmol passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Marlins last week and has now been released.
Miami signed Marmol to a one-year, $1.25 million deal in February, but he was a mess with an 8.10 ERA and 10 walks in 13 innings, taking three losses in 15 appearances.
Marmol is still just 31 years old and can still generate plenty of strikeouts, but his raw stuff has declined significantly and he no longer misses enough bats to make up for his horrendous control. His yearly strikeouts per nine innings have plummeted from 16.0 to 12.0 to 11.7 to 10.8 to 9.5 since 2010.
Expect him to land somewhere new on a minor-league contract.
According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, free agent reliever Joba Chamberlain has a deal with the Brewers. No confirmation or terms of the contract have been confirmed by the team yet.
Chamberlain, 31, had a promising resurgence in the Indians’ bullpen during 2016. He shaved his ERA down to a modest 2.25 mark over 20 innings with Cleveland, paired with an 8.1 SO/9 and less-than-stellar 5.0 BB/9 rate. Over a decade in the major leagues, the right-hander holds a career 3.81 ERA, 8.8 SO/9 and 3.7 BB/9 rate.
The veteran righty was released by the Indians in July after refusing re-assignment. He’s expected to compete for a major league role this spring.
After letting rumors of the deal percolate for the last week, the Athletics officially announced their two-year, $11 million contract with right-hander Santiago Casilla on Friday (and threw a little bit of shade at the Giants, too). As previously reported, the contract includes an extra $3 million in performance bonuses.
Casilla, 36, got his major league start with Oakland back in 2004, racking up a 5.11 ERA and four saves over six seasons in the A’s bullpen. After picking up a minor league deal with the Giants in 2010, the righty flitted in and out of the closing role with varying degrees of success. Notwithstanding a slight downturn in his production rate during the 2016 season, he earned 123 saves and a 2.42 ERA during the past seven years in San Francisco. Securing another closing role might be a little tougher across the Bay, however, with a bullpen that includes fellow closers Ryan Madson, Ryan Dull and Sean Doolittle.