The Cubs once again reached out to try and bring in talent from wherever they can find it. The Cubs are close to signing 36 year old Korean RHP Chang-yong Lim, pending a physical. They outbid 4 teams to land Lim. Those teams are the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and Texas Rangers.
Lim is expected to sign a split major/minor league contract with an eye toward 2014, since he just had Tommy John surgery in July. There's a chance he could be ready by late in the season, but it appears the Cubs are looking ahead here.
Lim is a relief pitcher and like Fujikawa sees a potential opening in the back end of the Cubs bullpen, with the team likely to part ways with Marmol between now and next season.
In 2011, Kim pitched 62.1 innings and recorded 32 saves, posting a 2.17 ERA for Yakult of the NPB. He walked 22 batters and struck out 69. For his career he has 128 saves and a 2.08 ERA with 2.6 walks and 8.9 strikeouts per 9 innings.
His nickname is "Mr. Zero". e has a slight build, 5'11", 175 lbs but throws hard. He is a sidearm pitcher and according to Wikipedia has the highest k own velocity for a sidearmer, able to hit 99 mph but more regularly sitting at 93-95. He also throws a slider, a forkball, and an occasional slow curve. He's not a prototypical power closer, but his unorthodox sidearm/fireballing style may be difficult for MLB hitters at first.
At first glance it doesn't seem to fit with the Cubs plan to build with youth but Lim was sought after by several contenders. The front office has said they want to build value through the closer role and now have signed two top NPB closers who have an excellent chance to outperform their contracts.
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