OAKLAND - The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Matt Guerrier from the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-handed pitcher Carlos Marmol. The Dodgers also acquired international signing bonus slot number four from the Cubs as part of the deal. Guerrier is expected to report to the Cubs later this week.
Guerrier, 34, has gone 25-33 with 112 holds, six saves and a 3.54 ERA (229 ER/582.1 IP) in 513 major league appearances, all but three in relief, in all or part of 10 seasons with the Minnesota Twins (2004-10) and Dodgers (2011-13). He went 2-3 with three holds and a 4.80 ERA (16 ER/30.0 IP) in 34 relief outings with Los Angeles this season before being designated for assignment on Sunday.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Guerrier broke into the majors with the Twins in 2004 and had a breakout campaign in 2007 when he went 2-4 with 14 holds and a 2.35 ERA (23 ER/88.0 IP) in 73 appearances. In 2009, he set career bests with 79 appearances and 33 holds, tied for most in the majors, while going 5-1 with a 2.36 ERA (20 ER/76.1 IP). Guerrier signed a three-year contract with the Dodgers prior to the 2011 season. He posted a 3.86 ERA (6 ER/14.0 IP) last season while limited to 16 outings due to right elbow tendinitis.
Marmol, 30, went 2-4 with two saves and a 5.86 ERA (18 ER/27.2 IP) in 31 relief appearances this season before being designated for assignment on June 25. He struck out 32 and walked 21 batters in 27.2 innings pitched, an average of 10.4 strikeouts and 6.8 walks per nine innings.
The righthander originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on July 3, 1999. Signed as a catcher, Marmol converted to a pitcher prior to the 2003 season and made his big league debut in 2006. A National League All-Star in 2008 as a set-up man, Marmol holds the franchise mark with 82 career holds. Marmol became the closer in late 2009 and compiled 117 saves, third most in team history. Overall, he went 23-32 with a 3.50 ERA (211 ER/542.1 IP) in 483 appearances with the Cubs, 470 in relief.