2/11/2013 1:40 P.M. ET
Facing accusations, Marmol claims innocence
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs closer Carlos Marmol, accused of domestic abuse by a woman in the Dominican Republic, said he is innocent and that the accuser is trying to blackmail him for money.
Marmol arrived in Arizona late Sunday and met with Cubs manager Dale Sveum and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein on Monday at Fitch Park.
"I'm glad the Cubs know [what happened] and they believe me," Marmol said on Monday. "I know myself. I don't worry about this. I know what I know, I know what I feel, I know who I am. I know I didn't do anything."
Marmol said he gave the woman a ride home from a party near his home in Bonao on Oct. 28, and a friend called a few days later to say he had heard about the accusations on a local radio station.
"They tried to hurt me," Marmol said of the woman. "They try to make me scared. ... That's the easy way to get money there."
Marmol said the woman was trying to blackmail him.
"It is about money," Marmol said. "The first thing, when they went to the police, is they asked for money right away. I know I didn't do anything."
The woman told police that Marmol tried to have sex with her.
"I gave her a ride after a party close to my house," Marmol said. "Her and her lawyers already had their plans and decided what they were going to say in the meeting with the police."
On Friday, Marmol appeared at a hearing in the Dominican Republic regarding the case. A judge sent it to a higher court, and Marmol may have to return to the Dominican for more legal proceedings. No police charges have been filed against Marmol.
"They tried to put me in a situation," Marmol said. "I didn't do anything. This girl, her lawyers, they tried to put me in a situation and I didn't do anything. The stuff she said is not true."
Marmol's lawyers are filing a countersuit, the right-hander said. The woman could go to jail if found guilty of extortion.
"I didn't do anything, so I was very surprised when they went to the papers," Marmol said. "Because we have money, we play baseball, they think everybody is stupid and they try to make money [off us]."
It's been a busy offseason for Marmol, who also was reportedly set to be traded in early November to the Angels for pitcher Dan Haren. The deal was called off after the Cubs went over Haren's medical reports. Marmol apparently told his agent he would have accepted the deal.
"I'm happy I'm still here," Marmol said. "Everybody knows I love the Cubs; I love being in Chicago. I'm glad they didn't make a trade."
The Cubs did acquire Hanshin Tigers closer Kyuji Fujikawa this offseason, but the right-hander will be used as a setup pitcher for Marmol, who was 20-for-23 in save situations last season and posted a 1.52 ERA in the second half.
"I still believe in myself," Marmol said. "Theo told me I'm going to be the closer. That's good -- we signed some good bullpen guys, and they can help the team win."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.