As reported by Ken Rosenthal the Cubs have reached an agreement pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa. The 32- year- old closer has pitched the last six years for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan where he has 202 career saves with a 1.36 ERA. The deal is for two years with a vesting option worth 9.5 million. According to Rosenthal the deal breaks down as follows: $1M signing bonus, $4M for both 2013 and 2014 seasons, plus $5.5M or $6M based on games finished. If the option does not vest their is a $500K buyout.
It was speculated that Fujikawa was going to sign with the Angels, but the Cubs swooped in and grabbed him. The Cubs will now have a decision to make, whether Carlos Marmol or Fujikawa will close. I am sure the Cubs will still actively be trying to move Marmol, so we will just have to wait and see what happens. Even if Marmol does not get moved I would not be surprised to see Fujikawa as the closer.
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