The Chicago Cubs declined their 2015 team option on relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa, the team announced on Thursday.
The move makes Fujikawa a free agent and cuts the team's 40-man roster to 35 players.
The right-hander signed a two-year, $9.5 million deal with the Cubs in December 2012.
He underwent Tommy John surgery in June 2013 but appeared in 27 games over two seasons for Chicago, posting a 5.04 ERA with 31 strikeouts and eight walks.
The Cubs went 73-89 and finished in last place in the National League Central last season.