It is that time of year. The time when teams start to dole out minor league contracts to players that have spent time in the majors.
Case in point: Carlos Marmol.
Tuesday afternoon Aaron Gleeman of NBC Sports reported that the the Red Sox had inked the 33 year old, former Chicago Cubs closer to a minor league contract, that includes an invite to spring training.
Marmol’s closer pedigree probably played a role in the Red Sox decision. The hard-throwing righty saved 38 games in 2010. He followed that up with 34 saves in 2011. Since then a rash of control issues have pushed Marmol from closer, to middle reliever, to minor leaguer.
His last major league appearance was back in May of 2014. Marmol, then a member of the Miami Marlins struggled mightily through 15 unimpressive early season relief appearances.
The Red Sox are hoping that after spending all of 2015 in the minors, Marmol will be able to find the control that had him averaging an absurd 16 strikeouts per nine innings pitched back in 2010.
With bullpen depth becoming an increasingly important aspect of successful baseball teams, Marmol represents a low-risk investment with the potential for high returns.