Korean reliever Chang-Yong Lim set to sign with Cubs

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South Korean reliever Chang-Yong Lim, who’s spent the past five seasons pitching in Japan, revealed that he’s signing a two-year contract with the Cubs.

According to the 36-year-old right-hander the deal could be worth up to $5 million, but Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com has a few more details and says it’s basically a minor-league contract with little guaranteed money and a bunch of potential incentives.

And that makes sense, because Lim is recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery in July and the sidearmer is no sure thing to pitch at all in 2013. Lim told Yonhap News in Korea that the Red Sox and Rangers also made him offers.

When healthy Lim had a 2.09 ERA with 231 strikeouts in 233 innings during his Japanese career.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: