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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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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.
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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...
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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...
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.
The Texas Rangers have been the most aggressive team in
pursuit of free agent slugger Josh Hamilton, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
#Rangers most aggressive team on Hamilton, according to source. Would ease sting of losing Napoli. #Brewers on periphery with Hamilton.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2012
Rosenthal adds that if the Rangers are...