Cubs Interested in Japanese Closer Kyuji Fujikawa
Free-agent right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa, whom the Texas Rangers have scouted, has started visits with major-league clubs.
Fujikawa, considered among the top closers in Nippon Pro Baseball over the last decade, toured the facilities of Arizona and the Chicago Cubs in the last week. He is expected to also visit with the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers, both of whom have expressed interest.
It is not known if the Rangers are on Fujikawa’s itinerary.
Fukijawa, 32, was 2-2 with 24 saves and a 1.32 ERA in 47 2/3 innings this season with Hanshin of the Japan Central League. Fujikawa is considered a power pitcher with a mid-90s mph fastball. He has averaged 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings in his career
We'd probably be one of the few teams that could offer him a shot to close right away, assuming Marmol is traded.