The Cubs are nearing completion of a trade that would send reliever Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)c
The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are nearing an agreement on a trade that would send beleaguered relief pitcher Carlos Marmol to Los Angeles, ESPN.com's Bruce Levine reported Monday, citing two major-league sources.
Marmol could block a trade to the Dodgers under his limited no-trade clause. The Dodgers, Levine reported, are willing to eat at least some of the $5 million remaining in the last season of a three-year, $21 million contract.
After designating Marmol for assignment on June 25, the Cubs have until Friday to trade him or grant him his outright release.
Marmol has gotten off to his worst start as a reliever this season. In 31 appearances, he is 2-4 with a 5.86 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, and three blown saves. Marmol lost his job as the Cubs' closer during the first week of the 2013 season.
Marmol's best season as a reliever came in 2010, when he posted a 2.55 ERA and saved 38 of his 43 chances.