JUPITER -- Though he used the word "frustrating" to describe his repeated failures with the Cubs toward the end of his long run in Chicago, reliever Carlos Marmol said his command issues were more mechanical than mental.
"It was a lot of things, the mechanics and my stuff," Marmol said of his experience, one in which he lost the closer's role with the Cubs before being traded to the Dodgers. "What can you say? Bad year. When you have a bad year, things happen. For any pitcher, when you don't do your job, it makes it frustrating for everybody."
The Marlins are gambling that the change of scenery will help get Marmol back on track, signing him to a low-cost deal with the intention of turning him into a set-up reliever for closer Steve Cishek.
Marmol said he is looking forward to a fresh start.
"I feel great with a new team," he said. "There's a lot of talent here."
Was 2013 frustrating for him?
"It was," he said. "But that's in the past. I don't even think about it anymore. I'm positive. I'm here with a new team and will try the best I can."
Marmol said the Dodgers coaches worked on ironing out his mechanical flaws during the half-season he spent in Los Angeles. He continued to work on his delivery over the winter in the Caribbean Series while playing for a team from the Dominican Republic.
"It was simple," Marmol said of his mechanical issues, which he feels have been corrected. "I wouldn't say it was my confidence."