New president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is undertaking a massive overhaul of the franchise. His next step should be to unload closer Carlos Marmol and the nearly $17 million left on his contract through 2013 for whomever he can get. A one-inning closer is a luxury item on a team with no chance of contending, and given the burn-rate for short relievers below the top tier, Marmol carries an extremely high risk of sudden, irreversible decline. Since the beginning of 2009 he has an unimpressive 3.31 ERA with barely a 2-to-1 K-to-BB ratio (330/156), and he has walked a whopping 16.6% of the batters he's faced. That poor command means Marmol has put a lot of unnecessary mileage on his 29-year-old right arm. Epstein shouldn't worry about who replaces Marmol. In fact Chicago would be a great place for him to take another run at building a non-closercentric bullpen. While his attempt to do so in 2003 with the Red Sox was largely derided, Epstein's track record of success gives him the credibility to sell the unorthodox move to a fan base that yearns to see him repeat his Boston success.