Kyuji Fujikawa Takes Over Cubs’ Closer Job

Kyuji Fujikawa Takes Over as Cubs’ Closer

According to multiple reports on Sunday morning, the Cubs have changed closers. For the second time in as many seasons, the Cubs have relieved Carlos Marmol of his closer duties.

The Cubs have handed over the closer’s job to Kyuji Fujikawa.

Carlos Marmol’s bad spring has carried over to the regular season. Carlos Marmol has been awful in three appearances this season. In 1 2/3 innings, Marmol has allowed five runs on six hits with two walks, two strikeouts and a HBP (27.00 ERA and a 4.80 WHIP).

The move to Kyuji Fujikawa was expected at some point this season. The Cubs were trying to maximize any trade value Carlos Marmol still had. The Cubs owe Marmol $9.8 million for this year, the last season of the three year contract he signed prior to the 2010 season.

Dale Sveum met with Marmol on Sunday and informed him of the decision. Marmol understands why the Cubs made the move and would like to remain with the team. Fujikawa reportedly was a little surprised the move came this quick. Fujikawa told ESPN 1000 that he signed with the Cubs to be a setup man.

Dale Sveum said this could be a permanent move if Fujikawa does the job. Sveum expects Fujikawa to run with the job. Sveum told the media he does not want to have this conversation again in 10 days.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Schaefer/100001190809294 Patrick Schaefer

    Awesome

  • BosephHeyden

    It’s the right choice. And if he struggles, you replace him with whoever the best guy is. A team that’s rebuilding shouldn’t settle on giving guys titles until they’ve earned it.

  • Josh Man

    Every closer will have an occasional bad game (like Fujikawa did yesterday). The difference is, for Marmol it was the good games that were occasional. The common occurrence were the outings we’ve seen each time so far from him this season. He was a phenomenal set-up man, but after the failure he’s experienced lately, I wonder if he can even resume in that role. The best thing for Carlos will be a new start somewhere else, but I can’t imagine anyone trading for him as of now.