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Carlos Marmol’s reign of terror has ended; Kyuji Fujikawa to close for Cubs

Andy Behrens
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Carlos Marmol, ex-closer (USAT Images)

On Saturday night, the Upton brothers treated Carlos Marmol's fastball like a low-hanging piñata, stuffed with runs. Check the tape. BJ hit a game-tying bomb, then Justin delivered the game winner. No-doubters, both.

Thus, to no one's surprise, the Cubs have decided to shuffle the late-inning responsibilities. Effective immediately, Marmol is out as closer, and Kyuji Fujikawa is in.

If you're a fantasy owner in a deep-ish, competitive league, then Fuji is probably long gone, already stashed on someone's roster. But if you're involved in a smaller mixed league — maybe an 8 or 10-teamer — then there's a decent chance he's still sitting out there in the free agent pool. As of this writing, Fujikawa is available in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Go get him wherever you can.

In making the switch, Cubs manager Dale Sveum acknowledged that Fujikawa was signed to close.

"I don't want to have this conversation again in 10 days," said Sveum, per CSN's Patrick Mooney.

Fujikawa, we should note, was also roughed up by the Braves on Saturday (1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER). But he was an accomplished closer in Japan, piling up 202 saves over the past six seasons, with a career ERA of 1.36, a WHIP of 0.86, and a K/9 of 12.4. For now, he gets the ninth in Chicago.

If for whatever reason he's still available in your league, this will serve as last call to make the add.

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League type:
Free Yahoo League
League size:
10 players
Draft time:
Aug 29 9:00 am
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