In December 2012, the Cubs signed Fujikawa, 33, to a two-year $9.5 million contract (2013-14, team option for 2015) as a free agent out of Japan. After his major-league debut on April 1, 2013, Fujikawa appeared in 12 games, going 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA and 14 strikeouts.
In Japan, with the Hanshin Tigers, Fujikawa posted an outstanding and consistent record over ten years, with his highest ERA being 2.01 in 2010, and two years with an ERA under 1.00 (2006, 2008). In 2012, his final season in Japan, he went 2-2 with 24 saves, a 1.32 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 43 innings.
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