Marmol was released by the Red Sox on Monday. Marmol signed a minor league deal with Boston in February but failed to impress in spring training, issuing seven walks in four innings of Grapefruit League play. The 33-year-old, who spent last season with the Indians organization, will look to land on his feet elsewhere, but his career as a dependable reliever may be close to over.
Marmol resolved his visa issues and is back in Boston's camp, the Boston Herald reports. He's expected to throw in camp Friday. Red Sox official are hopeful a new arm slot will restore the right-hander's effectiveness, but it's a bit late in the process to think he'll be on the major league roster come April. This is an experiment that will play itself out at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Marmol will be away from camp for Monday and Tuesday "to get his visa squared away," according to Red Sox manager John Farrell, the Boston Herald reports. Marmol, native of the Dominican Republic, signed a minor league deal and was invited to training camp. The former Cubs closer is attempting to revive his career, throwing from a new arm angle.
Brian Bannister, Boston's director of pitching analysis and development, plans to have Marmol change his arm angle from an over the top delivery he's used in recent years to a three-quarters delivery, the Boston Globe reports. "The velocity is still there," said president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. "We think some mechanical changes can make a difference." Manager John Farrell he's looking at Marmol has a bounce-back candidate. The feeling is that the new arm angle will restore the effectiveness of his secondary offerings. Marmol, who did not pitch in the majors last season, had a 5.02 ERA in the two years prior to that.
Marmol signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday that includes an invite to spring training, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Marmol spent the entirety of the 2015 season at the Triple-A level, but he enjoyed success there to the tune of a 2.03 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 31 innings. He'll compete for a big league bullpen role, but the 33-year-old has pitched just 13.1 innings in the majors since 2013 and will likely begin the year back in the minors serving as pitching depth.