MARMOL WANTS TO BE CLOSER
The love for Kerry Wood is nice. It would be somewhat Hollywood if he came back and won the closer job.
But you can save it. Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll take Carlos Marmol.
Marmol recently said he would like to be the Cubs closer. He should be.
He continued his dominance in the Dominican League playoffs, allowing just one hit and no walks or runs. He K’d 19 in 12 innings. The linked article also points out that the Dominican Playoffs have rosters filled with major leaguers.
This after Marmol broke bats and bent knees throughout the 2007 season, posting a 1.43 ERA and striking out 96 batters in just 69 innings.
Wood has thrown only 40+ innings over the last 2 seasons and has been injured more times than you can remember. So why would you even think about going into spring training with Wood as closer–knowing that the continuity of your bullpen will likely be scrambled in the process?
Start with Marmol–don’t tell me he’s not ready. Should he falter then you give the ball to Woody or Howry, assuming Wood is even healthy.