Baseball: Cubs Sign Japanese Closer Fujikawa: U.s. Media

Baseball: Cubs sign Japanese closer Fujikawa: U.S. mediaThe Chicago Cubs have landed a new closer, signing Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year contract, U.S. media reported Saturday.

Fujikawa, an unrestricted free agent from the Hanshin Tigers, has agreed to a two-year $9.5 million contract, the electronic version of FoxSports reported, quoting major-league sources.

The Cubs will likely use the 32-year-old Japanese right-hander to replace Carlos Marmol, whom the team attempted to trade to the Los Angeles Angels earlier this offseason, FoxSports reported.