Lots of teams this offseason are talking about bolstering their pen. Someone, if they’re in a gambling mood, can bolster for free now, as the Cincinnati Reds have released reliever Carlos Marmol.
Marmol was once a fantastic reliever, but that seems like ancient history now. He can still strike out guys, but he has walked the world for the past several years, culminating in his release by the Marlins last season after posting a 8.10 ERA in 15 games. He latched on with the Reds, but he only pitched three games in Louisville.
He’s probably done, but hope always seems to spring eternal when it comes to former name-brand closers. I’d expect someone to at least offer him a spring training invite soon.