Cubs sign Seiya Suzuki to huge five-year deal


The Cubs have landed Japanese star and free agent Seiya Suzuki, according to NBC Sports Chicago's David Kaplan.

Sources also told Kaplan and NBC Sports Chicago's Gordon Wittenmyer the Cubs' meeting with Japanese free agent Seiya Suzuki included chairman Tom Ricketts flying to Arizona Monday to make a pitch to the four-time NPB All-Star.

Ricketts showed up at the team's spring training complex on Tuesday morning and spent much of the day with the front office.

The Cubs were among a half dozen teams reportedly pursuing Suzuki, who was available to sign with any MLB team this offseason through the league's posting process.

The 27-year-old has spent his entire pro career with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and is coming off a strong season in which he hit .317/.433/.639 with 38 home runs (a career-high) and 88 RBIs. 

He's also a strong defender with multiple Gold Gloves on his resume.

The Cubs will pay a posting fee to Suzuki's NPB club based on the total value of his contract. That process breaks down as follows:

— 20 percent of the first $25 million

— 17.5 percent of the next $25 million

— 15 percent of any further guaranteed value.

Kaplan reported Tuesday the Cubs were one of several teams in on former Chicago left fielder Kyle Schwarber, one of the more coveted outfielders on the market but didn't consider themselves a favorite to land Schwarber.

Schwarber has a number of teams interested in him, including reported strong interest. The Phillies have reportedly come to terms with Schwarber, pleasing superstar Bryce Harper.


Team president Jed Hoyer was asked Monday if he expects to make a "significant addition" before Opening Day.

And it looks like he's done that.

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