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Carlos Marmol brushes off trade talk

3/8/2013

MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol is tuning out the trade talk as he gets ready for the season.

“I can’t worry about that,” Marmol said on Friday. “The boss guy makes the decision. The only thing I have to worry about is be ready every time they give me the ball.”

ESPNChicago.com’s Bruce Levine reported earlier in the week that teams, including the Detroit Tigers, are looking at Marmol. Marmol has a 4.91 ERA this spring after walking two hitters and throwing a wild pitch in his latest outing on Thursday.

“I like the way I threw the ball (Thursday),” he said. “It was coming out of my hands good. I feel great. Everything is good.”



The Cubs nearly traded Marmol to the Los Angeles Angels during the offseason but the deal fell through. They also signed Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa, who will start the season as a set-up man -- if Marmol isn’t moved first.

Marmol was asked if the team has had any contact with him about where he would reject a trade.

“They don’t have to ask me,” he replied. “A couple teams, like five teams.”

Marmol and the Cubs have had past disagreements on how to maximize his abilities. He’s had a tendency to rely on his slider while neglecting his fastball. Manager Dale Sveum says he’s been better this spring than last.

“Last spring we were still in that fistfight to get him to throw his fastball more to get something out of spring training,” Sveum said.

Marmol lost his closer’s role early last season but regained it later in the year when he started throwing more fastballs. He had 20 saves with a 3.42 ERA in 61 games last year. He’s owed nearly $10 million for 2013 and can become a free agent at the end of the year.