MESA, Ariz. -- Carlos Marmol 's dilemma a year ago was this: Should he pitch in the World Baseball Classic and miss valuable spring training work while he was trying to win the closer's job with the Chicago Cubs?
Marmol pitched in the WBC for the Dominican Republic and Kevin Gregg got the closer's job at spring training. After Gregg faltered, Marmol finally landed the role he wanted in mid-August and finished 11-for-11 in save opportunities. Overall he was 15-for-19 in 79 appearances.
Now that Gregg has left for Toronto, the job is all Marmol's.
"I don't have to fight for being the closer. Just be ready in the ninth inning, the eighth inning. Whatever," Marmol said.