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Carlos Marmol has heard that one before, and his general reaction to these things is to smile, shake his head and shrug his shoulders. He doesn't want to leave after spending almost half his life in the Cubs organization. He considers Chicago to be a second home after his ranch in the Dominican Republic.

A series of deals gutted this roster at the trade deadline, and Marmol, Alfonso Soriano and Jeff Samardzija are the only remaining links to the 2008 team that won 97 games.