The Angels were considered front runners for Japanese relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa, but it turns out that he’s going to be heading to Chicago to play for the Cubs. The North Siders signed Fujikawa to a two-year deal worth $9.5 million, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal also specified that the Cubs will have a vesting option for the third year.
The Cubs must be pretty confident that this guy can do good things for them. Fujikawa’s never pitched in the U.S. before, and he’s going to be relied on as a good closer for a team in the rebuilding stages. If he’s going to be the Cubs’ closer, then we can probably bid Carlos Marmol a farewell.
Fujikawa dominated with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan – he has posted a 1.36 ERA and 202 saves over the past six seasons.