Okay...news is starting to roll in again.
The Cubs just boosted their bullpen by signing top Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa according to Ken Rosenthal. At least 6 teams were vying for his services with the Cubs and Angels being the finalists.
The deal is for 2 years with a vesting option but financial term were not disclosed as of this writing.
Per Ken Rosenthal, the deal is worth 9.2M over 2 years. The breakdown as follows:
Fujikawa deal with #Cubs: $1M signing bonus, $4M salaries in 2013 and '14, plus vesting option at $5.5M or $6M based on games finished. If Fujikawa option does not vest, #Cubs hold $5.5M club option with $500K buyout. A total of $9.5M guaranteed.
Fujikawa, 32, is a power pitcher with a three pitch assortment: mid 90s fastball, slider, forkball. Over the past six seasons with the Hanshin Tigers, he has posted a 1.36 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 12.4 K/9, and 2.3 BB/9 in 369 2/3 innings.
It sets up an interesting scenario now with the Cubs known to be shopping current closer Carlos Marmol. Most thought Fujikawa had been leaning toward the Angels, but he has expressed a preference to close and that ultimately may have been the ace up the Cubs sleeve. The salary indicates the Cubs plan on using him as more than just a middle reliever or set-up man.
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