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Fox Sports: Kyuji Fujikawa signs with the Chicago Cubs

by on Dec.02, 2012 @ 11:18 am, under NPB
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According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Kyuji Fujikawa decided to sign with the Chicago Cubs.  A snip from Rosenthal's report:

The Chicago Cubs landed a new closer on Saturday, signing Japanese free-agent right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year, $9.5 million contract, according to major-league sources.

Fujikawa, 32, agreed to a two-year contract with a vesting option for a third season, sources said.

... Fujikawa will receive a signing bonus of $1 million and $4 million salaries in 2013 and '14. His vesting option will be valued at $5.5 million or $6 million based on games finished.

If his option does not vest, the Cubs will hold a club option at $5.5 million with a $500,000 buyout.

Rival executives involved in the bidding said early Saturday that they expected Fujikawa to sign with the Los Angeles Angels.

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Tyler Colvin impaled by broken bat

by on Sep.21, 2010 @ 9:01 am, under MLB
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This has nothing to do with Japanese baseball, but I thought it freakish enough to warrant at least a mention.

Chicago Cub Tyler Colvin was standing near third base and was turning toward home when a piece of a broken bat pierced his chest and created a small hole.  Colvin was taken to the hospital and is currently in stable condition.  For those keeping score, Welington Castillo was up to bat and he was using a maple bat.

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Valentine interested in managing the Chicago Cubs?

by on Jul.26, 2010 @ 10:01 am, under MLB
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Seems Bobby Valentine wouldn't mind managing the Chicago Cubs.

Via Chicago Breaking Sports' Paul Sullivan:

Bobby Valentine joined Ryne Sandberg and Bob Brenly as officially voicing interest in succeeding Lou Piniella as Cubs manager.

Valentine, who was at Wrigley Field on Sunday as an analyst for ESPN on "Sunday Night Baseball," said it would be an opportunity any manager would like.

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"As far as the job coming open at the end of the season, anyone that considers himself a manager would think about how attractive this opportunity is, and every once in a while I consider myself a manager."