Great news Cubs fans – Carlos Marmol & the Cubs agreed upon a 3-year, $20 million deal today. The deal will pay him $3.2 million in 2011, $7 million in 2012 and $9.8 million in 2013. Marmol is 28 years old and he gives up his 1st year of free agency by agreeing to the 3-year deal. Marmol converted 38 of 43 save opportunities in 2010 and he set a major league record for strikeouts per 9 inning averaging 15.99 K’s. Everyone seems to be thrilled with the deal.
GM Jim Hendry had this to say about locking up Marmol long-term: “Carlos is rewarded with well-deserved security… The great ones are hard to find. Obviously, the numbers the kid puts up and the year he had last year were starting to approach the upper echelon of the game. At 28, he’s never had any health issues. Hopefully, he can keep getting better and stay healthy and you have one of the better guys in the business. He’s obviously handled the big market, handled the big stage and he’s a good teammate.”
Marmol himself was thrilled to be able to stay long-term with the team that drafted him back in 1999 as a catcher: “I want to secure my life, my family, my career. It’s not about money, it’s about security. I feel good in Chicago. Hopefully, I can sign a 10-year deal… I grew up in this organization, and Oneri and Jim have been here for me.”
And Manager Mike Quade loves the fact that he has someone he can count on at the end of close games: “To have somebody you can count on to finish a game is huge. It’s been talked about a bunch of times about how devastating late-inning losses can be. ‘Marm’ has been good, he’s going to be better. That’s good stuff for ‘Marm’ and his agent for putting that deal together.”
Now the Cubs can settle in on getting ready this spring and winning games during the 2011 MLB schedule…