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Extension for Marmol likely today

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

MESA, Ariz. — The Cubs are expected to announce a three-year contract extension with closer Carlos Marmol today — a deal that has been anticipated for weeks.

‘‘I would expect a conclusion by [today],’’ Marmol’s agent, Barry Praver, said Sunday, echoing comments made earlier by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.

Hendry and Praver met Sunday morning and had plans to meet again later in the day, Hendry said.

The three-year deal could be worth around $23 million.

Marmol made $2.125 million last season. His arbitration hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, but that has been a non-issue for weeks, with the sides already having agreed to a one-year fallback position. (Officially, Marmol filed an arbitration figure of $5.65 million, the Cubs $4.1 million.)

Quade in no hurry

A month after he raised the possibility of Carlos Zambrano being bumped from his seventh annual Opening Day assignment by Ryan Dempster or newcomer Matt Garza, manager Mike Quade wasn’t any closer to a decision as camp opened.

‘‘There’s three guys involved in that, period, and we’ll see how it plays out,’’ Quade said. ‘‘I will milk that till the last [part of camp] because I have so much respect for all of them.’’

Said Dempster: ‘‘It’s a great honor. I’ve done it before [2001 and ’02 for the Marlins]. But I’m sure whoever he picks will do a great job. I’m just trying to go out there and make every one of my starts every fifth day and try not to hop any railings.’’


Just when you — and Tyler Colvin — thought the issue was dead, Quade said he plans to get the sophomore outfielder some work at first base this spring.

† There are no injury issues entering camp, Quade said — ‘‘knock on wood.’’ Just not on Kerry Wood.

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