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Cincinnati Reds release RHP Carlos Marmol

Six months after signing him to a minor-league contract, the Cincinnati Reds released right-hander Carlos Marmol last week, according to Baseball America.
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Six months after signing him to a minor-league contract, the Cincinnati Reds released right-hander Carlos Marmol last week, according to Baseball America.

Marmol, an All-Star in 2008 as a set-up man for the Chicago Cubs, was released by the Miami Marlins in May after signing a free-agent deal with them in February.

Marmol, 32, posted an 8.10 ERA and 1.95 WHIP in 15 appearances for Miami last season, working 13.1 innings and striking out 14 while walking 10 and surrendering three home runs.

Cincinnati signed Marmol on May 28, but after making just three appearances with Triple-A Louisville and allowing three runs in 3.2 innings, Marmol landed on the restricted list after he left the team without permission. He was never re-activated.

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Marmol's best season came in 2007, when he put up a 1.43 ERA and 1.10 WHIP after being moved from the rotation to the bullpen. he followed that up in 2008 with a 2.68 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in 87.1 innings.

He became the Cubs’ closer in 2009 and held the job until early in the 2013 season, when he was moved out of the role after blowing two of his first four opportunities.

Marmol was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July 2013 and became a free agent at the end of the season.

- Phil Watson