The Texas Rangers have signed relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa to a one-year contract, according to Rotoworld. The deal has an option for 2016 and is pending the results of a physical, reports Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the deal is worth $1 million plus bonuses.
Fujikawa came to MLB from Japan in 2012 and signed a two-year, $9.5 million dollar deal with the Chicago Cubs. The 34-year-old made just 12 appearances for the Cubs in 2013 was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery after a ruptured UCL was discovered.
After recovering from the surgery, Fujikawa returned to the bullpen for the Cubs last August and posted a 4.85 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched. The Cubs declined a $5.5 million 2015 option for Fujikawa, making the pitcher a free agent.
- Jack Jorgensen