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Wake up, Cubs fans


I'm tired of all the angst about Carlos Marmol. Yes, he should be gone, $10 million salary for 2013 or not. His trade value is never going to rebound. He is hurting team morale, because everybody has to be thinking that even if the Cubs have a lead going into the ninth, it is in peril.

But fellow Cubs fans, Carlos Marmol is not going to keep the Cubs from winning anything. This year's team is going nowhere, and Marmol will be finished as a Cub by the end of this season, at the latest.

Our angst should be directed to two areas. Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, two guys the Cubs need to be solid contributors, if not stars, for the team to succeed within five years. And in case you haven't noticed, Castro has not improved his approach at the plate. He isn't working deep counts, continues to let pitchers get him out out of the strike zone, and hasn't even drawn a walk. As for Rizzo, he's looking really, really bad against lefties. And he will never develop into a star if he can't solve the southpaws.

These two early-season developments are worth getting worked up over. Not a has-been closer who may blow two or three more games before he's released - meaning the Cubs will lose 95 this year instead of 92.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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