Posted on 14 January 2009 by Lou
Sports-Hochi, a Japanese-based media outlet, reported that the Chicago Cubs were close to signing left-handed pitcher Ken Takahashi from Japan. Acquiring the lefty would allow the Cubs to move Sean Marshall into the starting rotation with the departure of Jason Marquis, and would also help continue Kosuke Fukodome’s adjustment to baseball in the United States.
But now those rumors appear to be over-blown. Cubs officials overseas have denied the reports and no further rumors seems to be floating around regarding the 40-year old veteran pitcher.
The Cubs have not announced any further deals of late and appear to be done heading into the 2009 MLB campaign. Stay tuned for upcoming posts regarding upcoming lineup and starting pitcher analysis and how the Cubs off-season signees will fit into the role during the 2009 MLB season…
Posted on 12 January 2009 by Lou
The Chicago Cubs are close to signing a left handed reliever – Ken Takahashi from Japan. The deal would be for 1-year. Takahashi is a 40-year old left-handed reliever. Takahashi amassed a 3.50 ERA with an 8-5 record for Hiroshima in Japan.
The Cubs are likely making the move for 2 reasons. Takahashi would add a veteran left-handed arm in the Cubs bullpen. Currently, the Cubs only have 2 lefties on the roster – Sean Marshall and Neal Cotts. If the Cubs do sign Takahashi, that would allow Marshall to move into the rotation as the 5th starter with the departure of Jason Marquis.
The signing of Takahashi could also be related to Kosuke Fukodome’s 2nd half collapse during the 2008 MLB season. After starting the season hitting well over .300 with a high on-base percentage, Fukodome struggled in the 2nd half – hitting only .217 during the final 3 months of the season. The addition of another Japanese player like Takahashi could help Kosuke continue his adjustment to baseball in the United States. Stay tuned – we’ll keep you posted here at www.mycubstoday.com.