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 right-hander will receive a signing bonus of $1mm and $4mm base salary in 2013 and ‘14. There is a vesting option valued at $5.5mm or $6mm, to be determined by games finished. If the option does not vest, it then turns to a club option at $5.5mm with a %500k buyout.
The Angels were rumored to have strong interest in Fujikawa as well as the Diamondbacks, before he ultimately signed with the Cubs.
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