It is official, the Cubs announced today that they have re-signed Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league deal, per Chris Cotillo (Twitter link). Kawasaki will earn 900,000 USD if he makes it to the Major league roster, according to the report.
Japanese infielder, Munenori Kawasaki, 35, announced today that he is now close to re-signing with the Chicago Cubs this off-season, as both sides are nearing an agreement. According to the report, Kawasaki will be signing on a minor league deal, with an invite to spring training in Arizona… he will be joining his fellow countryman (and 2008 Beijing Olympics teammate), Koji Uehara, 41, who also signed with the Cubs this off-season as a free agent, on a one-year deal.
Munenori Kawasaki has been attracting a lot of interest among NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) teams this off-season, most notably his former team, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, where they already prepared a multi-year deal (estimated 1.2 billion Yen) for him in case of a comeback, not to mention also his uniform number 52 (his old number in NPB)… the Toronto Blue Jays, also, have shown some interest in signing him.
Munenori Kawasaki finished his 2016 regular season campaign with the Chicago Cubs batting .333/.462/.429 in only 14 games played this season (26 PA, to go along with 21 AB). He was on the Chicago Cubs roster during the postseason and World Series, but did not make an appearance in any of their games.