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The Cubs have signed Shōta Imanaga

At last, the Cubs have entered the 2024 free-agency chat.

Shōta Imanaga pitches for Japan during the WBC championship game last March
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The Cubs were the last team to add a major leaguer to their 40-man roster this offseason with the waiver claim of catcher Brian Serven from the Rockies.

Oh... you didn’t really think this article was about that, did you?

The Cubs have added a pitcher:

If you’re not a fan of Bob Nightengale, here’s another national writer with the same info:

We are, of course, awaiting further confirmation that this deal has been made, along with the financials, and there has been no official announcement from the team.

Here’s what I wrote about Imanaga in November:

He’s 30 and has pitched eight years in NPB with a 3.18 ERA and 1.118 WHIP in 165 games. Imanaga’s baseball-reference page doesn’t break down how many of those are starts, but his inning total indicates he’s a starting pitcher. He also started the 2023 WBC championship game for Japan, allowing one run (a Trea Turner home run) in two innings. Overall he posted a 3.00 ERA (two runs in six innings) with no walks and seven strikeouts in the WBC.

Here’s 12 minutes worth of Imanaga highlights from 2023:

So, the Cubs have added a talented lefthander to the rotation, listed as the 10th best free agent this offseason via MLB Trade Rumors.

I’ll have much more on Imanaga tomorrow, but wanted to post this tonight to get discussion started.

See? The Cubs CAN sign good free agents.

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