Hisanori Takahashi signs with Cubs

by Matthew on December 28, 2012

In a big week for Japanese-born players, the Chicago Cubs have signed lefty-reliever Hisanori Takahashi to a minor-league deal, which includes an invite to Spring Training.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported the deal Friday morning on Twitter.

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Takahashi finished up last season with the Pirates after they claimed him off waivers from the Angels where he posted a miserable 0-3 record with a 5.54 ERA and a career-worst 8.8 H/9 over 51 relief appearances. However he did record a 9.3 K/9, the best of his career.

The soon to be 34-year old also posted a 3.44 ERA while earning $8 million with the Halos in 2011 and a 3.61 ERA with the Mets during his first season in the US in 2010.  So it wouldn’t be too surprising to see him competing for a bullpen spot in Chicago come Opening Day.

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