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Kyuji Fujikawa, who played for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan the past 12 seasons, officially joined the Chicago Cubs on Friday, agreeing to a two-year, $9.5 million contract. The deal includes a signing bonus of $1 million and $4 million in salaries in 2013 and 2014, according to MLB.com. There also is a vesting option valued at $5.5 million or $6 million, which will be determined by the number of games finished. He had 220 saves with Hanshin, but the Cubs say he will be used a set-up man for closer Carlos Marmol. Fujikawa visited Chicago and Wrigley Field last month, and that apparently sold him on the Cubs. "From that day on, in my head it was, 'Cubs, Cubs, Cubs,' and that's how everything came through," Fujikawa said through an interpreter, MLB.com reported.
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One of the most interested observers of the winter meetings was Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol. In November, the Cubs tried to trade Marmol to the Angels, but they backed out of a proposed deal because they didn't like the medical reports on Los Angeles pitcher Dan Haren. As the meetings ended, the Cubs were set to announce the signing of Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa...
The Cubs acquired RHP Hector Rondon from Cleveland in the rule five draft this morning. He was a former relatively top prospect in the organization (#7 in the org going into 2010) before a few surgeries. This is what BA had to say about him going in to last season. Rondon moved quickly, reaching Triple-A [...]
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The Cubs big moves during the winter meetings were to sign two players that were non-tendered by their teams a week ago. This is a year! The Cubs signed former Giants OF Nate Schierholtz to a one year, $2.25m deal plus incentives. He's an above-average defender, but has posted a .270/.319/.409 line over the past [...]
Ian Stewart did not play much in 2012. He appeared in just 55 games for the Chicago Cubs because of injury. However, the Cubs want him back, and they got him. Stewart and the Cubs have agreed to a one-year deal.
Stewart was non-tendered not too long ago by the Cubs, but the team was able to work out a new contract to bring him back to Chicago. According to Paul Sullivan...
Third baseman Ian Stewart says he is re-signing with the Chicago Cubs.
Stewart confirmed the move Thursday on Twitter, posting that he is ''glad to be healthy and back with the Cubs.''
A person familiar with the agreement said it's for one year at $2 million if Stewart makes the opening-day roster, and he can earn an additional $500,000 in bonuses. The person...
There’s no doubt that Starlin Castro is talented, but when it comes to the All-Star shortstop, the criticism almost always revolves around his maturity. He’s bumped into problems with the law and his work ethic has been spotty during his tenure with the Cubs. While Cubs manager Dale Sveum noticed improvement in Castro’s attitude last season, he believes more growth is necessary...
Short answer: probably not much more ass than they sucked last year. After all, the Cubs have lost 101 or more games only 2 other times in franchise history. It's not easy being as bad as the 2012 Cubs were. Long answer? The 2012 Cubs joined the 1962 and 1966 teams as the only ones [...]