The Japanese closer gets two years and at least $9.2 to 9.5 million.
Chicago Cubs Transactions
Non-Tender Decisions: Garza, Samardzija, Russell, Valbuena Tendered, Stewart, Chapman, Putnam Non-Tendered
As the day wore on, the Stewart part became expected. Chapman and Putnam are a mild surprise.
The move drops the 40-man roster back down to 40 to accommodate newly-signed pitcher Scott Feldman.
The righty gets $6 million and $1 million in incentives for 2013.
The star of April 2012 is reportedly headed out to play for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.
Finally, the Roster Moves: LaHair DFA’d, Gutierrez Waived, McNutt, Watkins, Villanueva, Whitenack Added
Quite the flurry of moves.
The first of many roster moves.
A fine deal to preserve some veteran consistency in the pen.
Navarro could take over as the primary back-up catcher behind Welington Castillo.
The 31-year-old righty is coming off of Tommy John surgery, but was pretty great before that.
The 25-year-old reliever will presumably be a candidate for the bullpen next year.
The promise – never fulfilled with the Cubs – is now the Royals’ hope to which to cling.
The 40-man roster stands at 33.
The roster purge begins.
Another lottery ticket for the Cubs. High upside, but plenty of risk.