Now Commenting On:

In transition period, Marmol eyes tourney win


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.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español