It was only a matter of time. It seems as though, every season, the Sox give a veteran who used to be lights out a chance to showcase their skills and see if they have anything left. Prime examples include Mitchell Boggs and Alexi Ogando last season. Ogando made the squad and unfortunately wasn't good, and Boggs didn't make the squad at all.
Well, they did it again. The Red Sox reached an agreement with former All-Star closer, Carlos Marmol, to a minor league deal and an invitation to Spring Training. Marmol hasn't pitched in the MLB since 2014 with Miami, where he had no record with an 8.10 ERA in only 15 appearances. But, this guy was an All-Star for a reason, as he was lights out in his early years with the Cubs, who had Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee.
This is another case where it is a low-risk with a potential high- reward type of deal. If he has a good spring, we're looking at potentially the biggest steal of the offseason for a bullpen. But if he struggles, you dump him and don't have to worry about paying him millions and millions of dollars.
Having already added Carson Smith and Craig Kimbrel this offseason, and keeping guys like Koji and Taz, it's hard for me to see what role Marmol would play, should he make the team. But as the old saying goes, "You can never have enough pitching."
Carlos Marmol fell off after about his fifth year, but this is his chance to show if he has anything left. This is likely his last shot at pitching in the majors because he's 33 and is a year removed from action. But only time will tell if Carlos can bring it.