Originally written on Reading Between The Seams  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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Supply, meet demand.  The Chicago Cubs have a supply of relief pitchers, starting with Japanese import Kyuji Fujikawa who projects as the team’s closer for 2013 to go along with incumbent (and lame duck?) closer Carlos Marmol, who struggle mightily on the North side in 2012, seeing his WHIP balloon to over 1.5 baserunners per inning, primarily courtesy of 45 walks in 55 innings. The Detroit Tigers have demand.  In a team built for a deep postseason run, they are surprisingly thin at the closers spot, which can cost you a lot of games you might otherwise win.  The Tigers saw themselves lose 2 of their 4 World Series games in the final 3 innings as they had no confidence in their closer Jose Valverde, who ended up with a 54.00 ERA for the series, which matched his 54.00 ERA in the ALCS, and was bettered in the ALDS by a 16.20 ERA.  They have since parted ways. The Tigers moved out and designated 22-year-old Venezuelan phenom Bruce Rondon as the heir apparent to the role, however he has been ineffective thus far (at best) and looking like a AA pitcher (at worst). Enter the free market system.  It wouldn’t take much for the Tigers to deal for Carlos (who has the stuff and by most counts really needs a change of scenery).  And the Cubs will take all prospects offered.  James Schmehl of MLive.com is reporting that common sense is coming into play here.  The article notes The Chicago Cubs are reportedly shopping closer Carlos Marmol, and the Tigers are said to be among several teams “taking a hard look” at the 30-year-old right-hander this spring. Make no doubt, this move by the Tigers could be make or break in terms of a pennant or World Series.  Dave Dombrowski will certainly not sit by and let this team flounder, come trade or free agent or Brian Wilson, they will fix this. -Dave (@lhd_on_sports) Follow us on Twitter @rbts_baseball   The post Tigers throw hat into the Carlos Marmol sweepstakes appeared first on Reading Between The Seams.
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