The Cubs announced that they have reached an agreement with Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa. The two-year, $9.5MM contract includes a club/vesting option for 2015.
Fujikawa will receive a $1MM signing bonus, $4MM in salary for 2013 and ’14, plus a vesting option at $5.5MM or $6MM based on games finished. If the option does not vest, it turns to a $5.5MM club option with a $500K buyout. In total, Fujikawa has a guaranteed $9.5MM when including the buyout.
I’d expect to see the attempts to move Marmol pick up considerably in the next few days.
Do the Mariners pay attention to Jon Morosi? We’re about to find out, because Morosi thinks Daivd DeJesus is the answer to their prayers. Or something.
Josh Hamilton would help the Seattle Mariners. That is obvious. They need his presence, his star power, his fluid left-handed swing. But if they think he alone is the answer to their offensive woes, they might be headed toward a costly calamity.
And then the real kicker shows up:
Chicago Cubs outfielder David DeJesus, who had a .350 on-base percentage this year while spending most of his time as a leadoff man, is one potential fit via trade. He’s signed to an affordable contract — $4.25 million salary in 2013, $6.5 million club option in 2014 — and the Mariners, with their bounty of young pitching, can supply the Cubs with a long-term asset for their rebuilding project.
Hey–that’s our centerfielder you’re talking about there, Morosi. I suggest you tread carefully, because if we lose DeJesus, all we have left is Nate Schierholtz, Tony Campana, Brett Jackson, Dave Sappelt, and Alfonso Soriano. And Jorge Soler and Matt Szczur.
But wait, perhaps the Cubs have anticipated Morosi’s advice, because they’re still on the lookout for more outfielders:
We’re keeping an eye on all the news this weekend.