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Cubs finalize $9.5M, 2-year deal with Fujikawa

Chicago Cubs new pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa, of Japan, steps out of the dugout at Wrigley Field during a baseball news conference, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Chicago. Fujikawa who pitched the last 12 season with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League, two-year contract for $9.5 million.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have finalized a $9.5 million, two-year contract with Japanese pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa.

The 32-year-old right-hander had 220 saves in 12 seasons with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League. He played for Japan at the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics and the the 2008 Olympics.

General manager Jed Hoyer says Carlos Marmol remains the Cubs' closer but did not rule out the possibility of Fujikawa eventually earning the role.


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