Carlos Marmol celebrated a major victory before a pitch was even thrown Thursday night.

Then his team lost the game.

The veteran right-handed pitcher agreed to a one-year Major League deal with the Marlins for $1.25 million before the start of the Caribbean Series semifinal game between Mexico's Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Marmol's Tigres de Licey from the Dominican Republic.

Hours later, Mexico won the game, 3-2, to advance to the tournament final Saturday, when it will face the winner of Friday's game between Venezuela's Navigantes del Magallanes and Puerto Rico's Indios de Mayaguez.

"I'm very proud and I'm happy that I'm going to get an opportunity with Miami," Marmol said. "We'll see what happens, but I'm imagining I'm going to be pitching in the final two innings."

Steve Cishek, who converted 34 of 36 save chances last year, is the team's closer, but Marmol provides depth at the position and is also an option as an eighth-inning reliever. Right-handed relievers A.J. Ramos and Carter Capps and left-hander Mike Dunn are also expected to make the team.

"It feels good to be going to a young team with a lot of potential. I'm really happy with the Major League deal part," Marmol said. "I have spent seven or eight years in the big leagues and I wasn't looking to pitch in the Minor Leagues. I had options but felt like this team would give me an opportunity to pitch where I need to pitch, so I'm going to take advantage of it."