Chang-Yong Lim is reportedly close to signing a split contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to a report by Joongang Ilbo. Lim received a number of offers from teams in the NPB and MLB last month and narrowed his options down to four before deciding on the Cubs. Source: Joongang Ilbo 12/13/2012
Hisanori Takahashi closed out his workouts in Kanagawa today. He will likely return to the US within the next few days. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/13/2012
Joe Furukawa was named the 2012 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award winner. From MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan:
ARLINGTON -- Rangers scout Joe Furukawa has been named the 2012 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award winner by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Furukawa, a Pacific Rim international scout for the Rangers, worked closely with pitcher Yu Darvish in the right-hander's first Major League season in 2012. As part of his duties, Furukawa served as Darvish's interpreter for all press conferences and media availabilities.