After the fast and furious trade rumor on Friday night which resulted in nothing, a whole lot more nothing happened over the weekend. We did find out what happened with the Marmol trade. First Marmol didn’t want to be traded, then he said okay. By then, the Cubs decided they didn’t want Haren after all, and the rest is history.
“He wasn’t crazy about leaving,” said Marmol’s agent, Paul Kinzer. “He loves it in Chicago, but felt whatever is best for the team.”
The Cubs thought asking Marmol to go from a 101-loss team to the star-studded Angels was a “no-brainer” for the closer.
They were wrong.
Marmol initially said “no,” just as Dempster said “no” to the Braves.
But Marmol eventually changed him mind just in time for the deal to fall apart. Kinzer said Marmol’s reluctance was based on geography, but the idea of playing for the Angels grew on him.
“If it wasn’t one of the better teams, he wouldn’t have agreed,” he said.
Marmol then apparently told everyone in the Dominican Republic that he was going to play for the Angels, and that’s how word leaked.
Other than that, the only other thing we learned this weekend came from Crazy Uncle Phil.
MLB’s new TV contracts don’t kick in for another year but could fuel bidding on a subpar group of free agents. Teams are expected to receive at least an additional $25 million per team from the central fund in 2014.
Hooray for money!