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Cubs | Carlos Marmol removed from closer's role

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum has named RP Kyuji Fujikawa as his team's new closer, following a blown save by RP Carlos Marmol against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, April 6. Marmol will pitch in less stressful situations in an attempt to regain his confidence and could eventually regain his job if Fujikawa struggles. Sveum said Marmol's problem appears to be mechanical and cited the "flatness" of his slider as one of the reasons for his ineffectiveness.

Fantasy Tip: This move should not come as a surprise to anyone who has been monitoring the Cubs' closer situation closely over the last few seasons. Marmol has lost his ninth-inning job multiple times only to regain it because his replacements haven't proven to be effective either.

2013-04-07 09:16:36 | Source: Chicago Tribune - Paul Sullivan

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