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Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa has visited with the Cubs and Diamondbacks

Nov 17, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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We heard earlier this month that free agent Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa was drawing interest from MLB teams. Now he’s beginning the process of finding the right fit stateside.

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that Fujikawa has toured the facilities of the Cubs and Diamondbacks over the past week and is expected to visit with the Angels and Dodgers in the near future. The Rangers have scouted Fujikawa, but it’s not known if he’ll meet with them.

Fujikawa has been one of the most dominant closers in Japan for a long time, posting a 1.77 ERA, 11.8 K/9 and 220 saves over 12 seasons with the Hanshin Tigers. Featuring a low-90s fastball, a slider and a forkball in his arsenal, the 32-year-old right-hander had a 1.32 ERA and 58/15 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings this season. Since he’s a free agent, he will not be subject to the posting process.

  1. charlescub80 - Nov 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Wow, the Cubs sure need a closer…..

    • nprakash5 - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      I don’t know why Diamondbacks. I am not sure if Kevin Towers is planning to build a bullpen completely with closers.

  2. 78mu - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    I understand Theo made a good pitch to get him to sign with the Cubs.

    “You know Kyjui, this is an organization that knows how to win and is committed to contending year in and year out. Sure we have been bad the last couple of years but we did win the World Series in ’07 and ’08.”

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