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Report: Marmol says extortion behind domestic assault claim

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Cubs pitcher Carlos Marmol was accused in a Dominican Republic court on Wednesday of domestic assault involving a 24-year-old woman, and his attorneys, in turn, filed a countersuit claiming extortion, according to a Dominican news report.

Neither Marmol nor his agent, Paul Kinzer, could be immediately reached for comment Thursday.

But a source close to the Cubs' closer said an investigation into the alleged incident, involving Miledys Mejia Cepeda, already has been completed by local law enforcement officials in the Dominican, without finding sufficient cause to bring charges.

The Cubs, meanwhile, were trying to learn more about the allegations Thursday.

``We became aware of these media reports [Thursday] and are actively looking into the matter,'' team president Theo Epstein said in an e-mail exchange with the Sun-Times. ``We'll withhold further comment until we have more information.''

Marmol, 30, had 20 saves and a 3.42 ERA for a 101-loss Cubs team last year. He is in the final year of a three-year contract that pays him $9.8 million this season.

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I know Marmol is on the last year of his contract and that the Japanese pitcher is considered to be his replacement if and when Marmol is gone. What do you think will happen if Marmol has a great year? I guess I can see signing another closer as an insurance factor, but lots of money seems to have been spent on the possible potentiality of Marmol not handling the role. I have always liked marmol in spite of his all too often control problems and his falling in love with his slider, and I still think he is the Cubs' best bet as closer. When he is on, he is the best in the business. I would think coaching the way they did last year,not allowing him to shake off fast balls when his catcher signalled for them, would take care of most of his problems.What's your take on that, Gordon?

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