When the Dodgers acquired Carlos Marmol from the Cubs three weeks ago they immediately passed him through waivers unclaimed and sent him to the minors.
He made a total of five appearances split between Single-A and Double-A, allowing two runs in five innings with a 6/2 K/BB ratio, and now Marmol is joining the Dodgers’ bullpen.
For as awful as Marmol looked during the end of his Cubs tenure he continued to strike out a ton of batters and is still a 30-year-old with a 3.50 career ERA. Obviously the Dodgers will want to keep him away from anything resembling an important situation initially, but as far as middle relief options go Marmol certainly has more upside than most.
Jim Allen of Kyodo News reports that Koji Uehara has retired from baseball.
Uehara, 44, has spent the past two seasons with the Yomiuri Giants, which is the where he began his career way back in 1998. He spent eight years there as a starter, winning 20 games in his rookie season, then one year as a closer and one year in swingman duties before coming to the United States.
Once in the majors he pitched for four different major league teams over nine seasons — the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox and Cubs — from 2009-2017. In that time he posted an excellent 2.66 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 572/78 K/BB ratio in 480.2 innings and notched 95 saves. He won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013 and was an All-Star in 2014. Uehara’s last big league stint in America with the Cubs in 2017, for whom he posted a 3.98 ERA (111 ERA+) in 49 games.
Happy trails to an excellent reliever.