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"Marmol's our closer" and other Cub stuff from Nashville

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Day 2 highlights from the winter meetings:

Nashville -- Trade candidate Carlos Marmol continued to get so-called dreaded votes of confidence in his status as closer Tuesday even as the Cubs closed in on finalizing a two-year, $9.5-million deal for Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa.

A day after team president Theo Epstein said it, Sveum and general manager Jed Hoyer reiterated the point.

``I anticipate if Carlos is on the team, he'll be our closer, and I anticipate Carlos being here,'' said Hoyer who came within a last-minute decision on a bad medical report from trading him for starter Dan Haren a month ago. ``I think he's going to be our closer. Obviously, a trade could happen at any time. But as we put together our 2013 team we're certainly expecting that he's our closer.''

Marmol's $9.8 million salary, command issues in recent years and the Cubs' contention, according to a source, that they won't "give him away" would seem to severely limit his trade market.


MEETINGS BUZZ - The Cubs' search for third base help isn't getting any easier, with the A-Rod-challenged Yankees rumored to be pursuing Jeff Keppinger and with non-tendered Ian Stewart drawing interest from ``seven or eight'' teams, according to a source. ... Sveum said strikeout-prone prospect Brett Jackson has significantly overhauled his swing this off-season and could push again for a big-league spot at some point this season. He'll open the season at Class AAA, Hoyer said. ... Matt Garza, who didn't pitch after July 22 because of a stress reaction near his elbow, starts a throwing program this month, and the club expects him to be on a normal schedule when spring training opens.


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