Carlos Marmol denies saying he ‘can’t wait’ to leave Chicago
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org May 15, 2013 11:03PM
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Updated: June 18, 2013 7:58AM
The realities of living in an age when social media often blurs with the news media literally hit home Wednesday for Carlos Marmol, when a casual meeting with his agents at his condo turned into brief media firestorm hours later.
Marmol was caught off-guard when asked to respond to comments published on a Cubs-related blog after someone claiming to be Marmol’s neighbor admittedly eavesdropped on the meeting — in a community lounge space — and forwarded pictures and quotes to the blog via Twitter.
The “neighbor” claimed the meeting was about efforts by the agents to get Marmol traded to give their client a clean start, adding that Marmol said he “can’t wait” to get out of Chicago.
Never mind the fact the Cubs have tried, and failed, for more than a year to find a taker for Marmol — turning down the best chance they had when the Los Angeles Angels were willing to send $15.5-million pitcher Dan Haren for Marmol, if the Cubs paid all but $3.5 million of Marmol’s $9.8-million salary.
Marmol said Wednesday’s meeting was a routine visit and wasn’t about baseball business. He emphatically denied the comment the “neighbor” claimed he made.
“It’s not true,” said Marmol, who can be difficult to understand in English, even when the context is clear and when not eavesdropping. “I don’t want to go anywhere. I can’t wait for [the Cubs] to do something so I can stay here. I love Chicago. I love being here. I love my teammates. I love everybody here. …
“I feel bad, because this is not true. … That did not come out of my mouth.”
He may not believe he’s pitching for a contract, but Opening Day starter Jeff Samardzija showed again Wednesday why the front office considers him as much of a core piece as long-term-deal guys Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo.
Two days after Rizzo’s 7-year, $41-million deal was announced, Samardzija had his best start since the opener, pitching eight powerful innings to beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 and lift the Cubs out of last and into a fourth-place tie with Milwaukee in the N.L. Central.
The Cubs have put Samardzija at the top of their list for a contract extension but got little traction in talks last fall.
Ready to talk now?
“Absolutely not,” he said. “Nope. This is a great team, really coming around right now, playing great baseball. I’m just really looking to keep this going. It’s fun to play with these guys.”