Cubs Claim Rosario, and Plan to Sign Korean Pitcher Chang-yong Lim

The Cubs continue to look to the future with keeping an eye on the present as they have acquired two players today that could be part of both.  The first news of the day was the Cubs claiming Sandy Rosario Cubs to sign Korean pitcher Chang-yong Limoff of waivers from the Red Sox.  Rosario put up some dominant numbers last year across three minor league levels with the Marlins.  In 31.2 innings Rosario had a 1.99 ERA with a 8.2 K/9, and a 1.4 BB/9, pretty impressive.  Rosario has been claimed three different times this winter, I’m assuming he will be part of the Cubs 2013 bullpen or at least he will be given every chance to be.

The second news of the day was a tad more interesting.  Cubs Den is reporting that the Cubs have agreed to sign Korean pitcher Chang-yong Lim, pending a physical.  The Korean reliever is coming off of TJS in July so he might not be ready to pitch this season.  Odds are he would be ready to pitch out of the Cubs pen near the end of 2013 but the Cubs might not want to go that route.  2014 would be the expected debut for Lim, it’s an intriguing signing, and another example of the Cubs doing their due diligence everywhere in order to improve.

John over at Cubs Den has some solid info on Lim:

“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.

For more on Kim, click here for stats and here for a quick bio.

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.”

Thanks for reading,
– George