Ok, so the Cubs have had a ton of awful relievers. But the good news is that when they resurface with other teams, we can dredge up the memories we've repressed with Malort and stale Wrigley Field nachos!
And who is it that has returned from the dead this time?
The Red Sox announced today that they’ve signed right-hander Carlos Marmol to a minor league deal with an invite to Major League Spring Training. He’ll compete for a spot alongside Koji Uehara and Carson Smith as a right-handed setup option for Craig Kimbrel.
Yes, it's only a Spring Training invite, the same kind that Thunder Matt himself received earlier this month, but holy crap. Did the Red Sox forget that TWICE during Marmol's career he walked more than 7.3 batters per nine innings? Maybe after the Red Sox cut Daniel Bard in 2014 they've been on the lookout for Worse Daniel Bard and it's Marmol's turn to walk 8 million minor league players in the 3 innings he gets in during Spring Training.
FUN FACT: After Marmol washed out with the Cubs and Dodgers in 2013 (was he really around that recently??), he actually continued to pitch for the Reds. Marlins and Indians over 2014 - 2015. And by "fun fact" I mean it's only fun if you weren't a fan of the Reds, Marlins or Indians.
Then again, there's never anything fun about being a fan of any of those teams.