This weekend the Cubs placed perpetual headache Carlos Marmol on the rarely used 650-day DL due to a right hamstring injury, meaning the team will not have to deal with the league’s most inconsistent high-profile reliever in recent memory until his contract expires at the end of next season.

Many fans view this as the greatest move in new Cubs President Theo Epstein’s young tenure with the team, because the team will now theoretically suffer through far fewer four BB and /or HBP innings at the end of many games.

“Telling Carlos that he has a rare injury that cannot heal till 2014 was easy,” said Epstein, “but giving Cubs fans a reason to actually believe the ninth inning is safe, that might be tougher.”

Brew Dreesus