The circle of life can be a strange thing sometimes. Especially when it pertains to the life, well, career of a professional baseball player.
After spending eight seasons pitching against the Reds as a member of the Cubs, 31-year-old reliever Carlos Marmol is reportedly joining the Cincinnati organization thanks to inking a minor league contract. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was the first to report the news.
Marmol was released by the Marlins on May 19 after struggling mightily in 13.1 innings. He allowed 12 runs overall en route to posting an unsightly 8.10 ERA. The Dominican native did strikeout 14 batters in that span, but just like it has in years past, various bouts of wildness have led to extreme woes for Marmol. Namely, walking hitters at an astronomical rate.
There has never been a question about Marmol's quality of stuff. But rather the issue for the right-hander has been his control (or lack thereof). In 577 career MLB innings pitched, Marmol has a gaudy 6.2 BB/9 and 1.88 K/BB. To put in layman's terms, Marmol has a lot of trouble throwing the ball over the plate, as Reds fans saw many times over the years while he was in the Windy City.
It hasn't been all bad for him though. In 2008, Marmol earned an All-Star nod en route to posting a 2.68 ERA in 82 appearances for Chicago. Marmol would then go on to save 117 games for the Lovable Losers before finally being run out of town in the middle of 2013.
Is Marmol the answer to Cincinnati's unforeseen bullpen problems? Probably not. But he represents a low-risk/high-return move, and given recent how poorly the bullpen has been in 2014, it certainly doesn't hurt to see what Marmol can do in a Reds uniform.