The Cubs haven't confirmed anything as of late Saturday afternoon, but national reports say they have agreed to terms with Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa. The 32-year-old Fujikawa has pitched six seasons for Hanshin. He has a lifetime WHIP of 0.855 to go along with a record of 26-18, a 1.36 ERA and 202 saves.
Reports say Fujikawa will get $9.5 million guaranteed. He reportedly gets a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $4 million in each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. There is a vesting option worth $5.5 million for 2015, and it could be worth $6 million. If Fujikawa doesn't reach the games-finished vesting option, there is a $5.5 million club option or a $500,000 buyout.
Last season, Fujikawa was 2-2 with a 1.32 ERA and a WHIP of 1.028 to go with 24 saves.
The Cubs have said they prefer free agents on the "right side of 30," and Fujikawa does not fit this condition. However, it's not an extravagant deal. We'll also see what happens with incumbent closer Carlos Marmol. I would think the Cubs try to move him.
More later and in Sunday's paper.