Kyuji Fujikawa Introduced As Newest Cubs Pitcher

David Banks

The Cubs had a news conference for their newest relief pitcher at Wrigley Field Friday. Here are some of the highlights.

Last weekend, we reported here at BCB that Japanese righthander Kyuji Fujikawa was going to be signed by the Cubs. Friday, he was introduced to the media at Wrigley Field. There's no official photo of him yet in a Cubs uniform, nor any photos available to me in our photo editor, but here he is in front of the Cubs dugout at Wrigley Field.

Incidentally, in the background of that photo you can see seats marked off for the season-ticket wait-list event that's going to happen at Wrigley Saturday. Looks like there are a ton of seats available.

The rest of this post is going to be links and tweets, because that's all we have so far.

A lot of Japanese media came to cover the news conference, although somewhat fewer than attended Kosuke Fukudome's introductory news conference five years ago.

Despite the fact that the Angels and Dodgers were considered front-runners for his services, Fujikawa says the Cubs were his No. 1 choice:

He'll wear a different uniform number than he wore in Japan:

Here's hoping he does better as a Cub than the last player to wear that number (Blake DeWitt, in case you've forgotten).

He didn't speak English at the news conference. Here's why:

And, as far as the makeup of the bullpen is concerned:

I'm not sure I buy that. I'm sure Carlos Marmol is on the market, and the Cubs would happily trade him if they get the right deal. If not, Fujikawa would likely set up for Marmol, unless Marmol implodes again.

This is a good, fairly low-cost signing, and will make the Cubs bullpen quite a bit better than it was in 2012.

Finally, in case you missed it, the Cubs invited minor-league righthander Andrew Carpenter to spring training.

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