Report: Reds sign Marmol to minor-league deal

After a dismal start to the 2014 season, the Marlins released reliever Carlos Marmol.

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Once the ninth-inning guy for the Chicago Cubs, reliever Carlos Marmol will get another chance to breathe life back into his career in the Cincinnati Reds organization.’s Jon Heyman reports the Reds have signed the former closer, whose career fell down a cliff in recent years, to a minor-league contract.

Marmol was released by the Marlins after a disastrous start to the 2014 season, in which he compiled a 8.10 ERA and 1.95 WHIP in 13 1/3 innings pitched.

While proving a threat to strikeout batters in his best years in Chicago, control has always been a problem for Marmol. For his career, Marmol has walked more batters than he’s allowed hits.

In eight seasons with the Cubs, Marmol earned 117 saves.