CHICAGO -- Despite the fact that he has lost the closer job for the second straight season, reliever Carlos Marmol insists he would like to stay with the Chicago Cubs. Marmol’s contract expires after this season and he can declare free agency in November.
After struggling earlier in the season, Marmol has pitched well as of late, making 10 straight scoreless appearances before giving up a home run on May 13 to the Rockies’ Josh Rutledge.
The veteran pitcher has had to adapt to several roles asked of him by manager Dale Sveum, including being a set-up man for closer Kevin Gregg.
“It is not an easy thing,” Marmol said. “I can handle it. I will pitch wherever (they want me).”
Marmol talked to reporters on Wednesday in response to an internet report that said he was overheard talking about wanting to be traded.
“That is just not true,” he said. “ I am very happy here. I always talk about how I love Chicago and I love being here. I love my teammates and everyone here. I feel bad because those words never came out of my mouth.”
Marmol, who has pitched in more games than any relief pitcher in Cubs history, was almost moved to the Los Angeles Angels for Dan Haren last November. The Cubs turned down the deal after looking at Haren’s medical report.