Found December 01, 2012 on
World Series Dreaming:
The Chicago Cubs today made a big splash in free agency, signing Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa, according to Ken Rosenthal. The deal, according to Rosenthal’s tweets say that Fujikawa will be paid $9.2 Million over the course of a two year contract. The deal also consists of an option for a third year vesting that is worth $5.5 option which the Cubs can pick up at any point. The deal also comes with a $500K buy out. If you notice, his deal comes much cheaper than what Marmol is making this year. In case you have no idea who Fujikawa is, he is a very high profile closer from the Japanese baseball league ahis six and has put up impressive numbers in his six year career. With a grand total of 202 saves, along with an ERA of 1.36 he should immediately be able to slide into the Cubs closer role, even though that is currently occupied by Carlos Marmol. With Fujikawa being added to the ball club, there is only a question mark of what to do with Marmol. One option is moving back into the setup role where he had immense success, and put up career numbers. In the closes role Marmol had very spotty production, occasionally looking untouchable, while more often than not keeping fans on the edge of their seats as he barely squeaked by with the save. Last year Marmol started off the season about as poorly as one can imagine, but after an injury sidelined his season, he came back and looked like the Marmol of old. Was that due to an improvement in his mechanics or the simple lack of pressure? If the answer is lack of pressure, a move out of the pressure cooker role of closer could mean the Cubs have a dominant back end of the bullpen. This addition could also mean that Marmol is about to be traded. If you remember, a month ago rumors were flying that he had been traded to the Anaheim Angels for Dan Haren. That deal fell apart, despite several media outlets reporting the deal was done. We find ourselves in the same situation as with the Ryan Dempster failed trade, and the Marmol failed trade as the Cubs have yet to confirm or deny anything that has been reported. But something like this cannot possibly happen to the Cubs three times, at least I hope not. Before you think this signing means the Cubs are going to dive into free agency and try to compete, hold your horses. While this does qualify as a big splashy signing, the dollar amount is a relative value. He is an immense upgrade over what we currently have, and will go a long way to helping the Cubs win some ball games that they should win. But remember, this is not the Japanese league anymore. Major League history is filled with Japanese stars that have come to the Majors and failed to live up to the grand expectations they arrived with. Remember Kosuke Fukudome? I am thrilled with this addition, but I have two requests for all Cubs fans. First, temper expectations. Do not expect miracles out of him, and do not turn on him at the first blown save. Secondly, and most importantly, PLEASE DO NOT WEAR THOSE DAMN HORRY KOW SHIRTS.
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Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has been available on the trade market at various times over the past several years.
This winter, he might finally be on the move.
The Cubs expect to meet with teams regarding Soriano during the upcoming winter meetings in Nashville, according to major-league sources. It won’t necessarily be easy to deal Soriano, who has a full no-trade clause...
The Chicago Cubs landed a new closer on Saturday, signing Japanese free-agent right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year, $9.5 million contract, according to major-league sources.
Fujikawa, 32, agreed to a two-year contract with a vesting option for a third season, sources said.
The Cubs likely will use him to replace right-hander Carlos Marmol, whom they attempted to trade to the...
While the Chicago Cubs have made veteran outfielder Alfonso
Soriano available over the several past years, he could finally be on the move this
winter, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
The Cubs expect to meet with teams regarding Soriano during
the upcoming winter meetings in Nashville, according to major-league sources.
Morosi adds that it won’t be easy...
Kyuji Fujikawa will pitch for the Chicago Cubs in 2013. The Cubs signed the Japanese reliever to a two year deal worth $9.5 million. The 32-year-old pitched for 12 seasons in the Nippon Professional Baseball league.
While it is a lot of money for a reliever for a team that is not expected to contend, Fujikawa should prove to be a solid presence at the back of the Cubs bullpen.
Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa and the Chicago Cubs have reached agreement on a two-year contract for $9.5 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced. Foxsports.com first reported the deal.
The 32-year-old Fujikawa pitched for two-time World Baseball...
The Chicago Cubs have signed Japanese free agent pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year, $9.5 million contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and the MLB Network reported on Saturday, but the Cubs remained quiet on the subject on Sunday. According to the report, Fujikawa would receive a signing bonus of $1 million, plus $4 million in 2013 and 2014. There also was a vesting option...
The Chicago Cubs have signed Japanese free agent pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year, $9.5mm contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. He will likely take over as the teams closer.
Fujikawa, 32, played 12 seasons with the Hanshin Tigers. This past season, he appeared in 47 2/3 innings and compiled a 1.32 ERA. In 12 seasons, he totaled 220 saves with a 1.77 ERA.
The Chicago Cubs have had conversations with free agent
center fielder Michael Bourn’s agent, reports Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago.
The Chicago Cubs have had conversations with free agent
centerfielder Michael Bourn’s agent, according to a major league source.
Bourn’s agent is the infamous Scott Boras, who is reportedly
seeking a free agent contract...
The Chicago White Sox are targeting a “lower-end” starting
pitcher at the right price this winter that would provide them the flexibility
to trade right-hander Gavin Floyd, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Source: #WhiteSox exploring addition of starting pitcher, lower-end type at the right price. Would give them flexibility to trade Floyd.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal...
Lot of news coming from the Winter Meetings in Nashville. Here are the topics that are catching our eye:
Center Field: Looking to Trade?
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly is reporting that the Phillies have maintained their interest in Dexter Fowler and Peter Bourjos as trade targets. With the departure of Torii Hunter, Bourjos is now projected to be a starting outfielder for the Angels...
Source: #Pirates reach agreement with Russell Martin, pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 30, 2012
After some talk about a three-year deal yesterday, it appears that the terms between the Pirates and Martin are two years and $17 million. I was really, really harsh on the idea of signing Martin yesterday, but both Martin and my main issues with signing...
Ken Rosenthal has Ann update on the Pirates and Jason Grilli.
Grilli would probably require a two year deal. He’d be a great option for the Pirates as a closer if they deal Joel Hanrahan this off season. As a set up man he would be expensive for the Pirates, since he’d probably command $3-4 M per year.
As per Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the Pirates have reached terms with Russell Martin, pending a physical. We will continue to flesh this out with more details about the terms of the deal as they become available.