Earlier this week we mentioned a report that the Brewers were one of three teams believed to be interested in former Cubs and Dodgers reliever Carlos Marmol. They mustn't have been that interested, though, as Marmol signed a one year deal with the Marlins today for just $1.25 million. Enrique Rojas of ESPN broke the news.
Marmol turned 31 in October and has pitched in eight major league seasons, posting a 3.46 ERA over 563.2 innings and recording 117 saves. His 504 appearances are the 42nd most among active pitchers in all of baseball, and he's 19th among active pitchers with 117 career saves.
Marmol was an All Star with the Cubs way back in his first full MLB season in 2007, but has always had control issues. He's walked over six batters per nine innings for his career, and 7.3 per nine in 2013. The Cubs traded him to the Dodgers in July of last year, unloading his $9.8 million salary. Assuming the numbers we're hearing are correct, Marmol will take an 87% pay cut for 2014. He's unlikely to close in Miami, where Steve Cishek returns after saving 34 games and posting a 2.33 ERA in 2013.
If the Brewers still do plan on adding a veteran reliever before spring training, they'll have to turn to other options. Earlier this week Tyler Drenon of SBNation.com looked at some of the options. If nothing else, Francisco Rodriguez is still available.