Report: Rangers, reliever Kyuji Fujikawa sign one-year deal

Saturday December 13th, 2014

The Texas Rangers and relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa have signed a deal for one year plus an option for 2016, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Fujikawa, who according to Wilson is friends with Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, had Tommy John surgery in 2013.'s T.R. Sullivan reports that the deal is pending a physical.

Fujikawa joined the Chicago Cubs out of Japan in 2012. He made 12 appearances for Chicago, going 1-1 and earning two saves in three opportunities. In 12 innings pitched for the Cubs, he recorded a 5.25 ERA and 14 strike outs.

2014 MLB Free-Agent Tracker

The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in June 2013, ending his first season in the major leagues early.

The 34-year-old returned to Chicago this year and earned a 4.85 ERA over 13 innings pitched in 15 appearances. He became a free agent after Chicago declined to pick up his $5.5 million option in October.

Fujikawa will join Darvish in Texas, as well as the Rangers' recently acquired left-hander Ross Detwiler. The Rangers finished the 2014 season with a 67-95 record, in fifth place in the AL West.

- Christopher Woody
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