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In transition period, Marmol eyes tourney win

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ISLA DE MARGARITA, Venezuela -- Former Cubs and Dodgers reliever Carlos Marmol is out of work but says he is not worried about finding a big league job.

"I'm fine; my future is fine," Marmol said. "What happens, happens, and I'm optimistic things will be fine. I hope to be somewhere for the start of Spring Training."

Marmol gave up three hits and two runs in 2 2/3 innings for the Dominican Republic club Licey during the regular season. He also struck out three batters and walked two in three games for the Tigres. On Saturday, he pitched a perfect ninth inning with the score tied at 6 against Puerto Rico. (The Tigres lost, 7-6, in 10 innings.)

Marmol, who has 117 career saves in the Majors, made a combined 52 appearances for the Cubs and the Dodgers last year, ending the season with a 4.41 ERA. Still, he averaged a 93.7 mph fastball in 2013 and finished with a 2.53 ERA in 21 regular-season games with the Dodgers.

"I'm here to play hard and win a championship; I've been a Licey fan since I was a kid," Marmol said. "I'm not just here to represent Licey; I'm also representing the Dominican Republic."

Marmol's Dominican Republic teammate Emilio Bonifacio is also hoping his winter ball experience with Licey helps him secure a job. Bonifacio was designated for assignment by the Royals on Saturday afternoon.

"That's not something I can control, so we'll see what happens," Bonifacio said. "This series can help me. I will come out to play hard and play my game like I always do."

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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