T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have signed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, pending a physical. Exact terms aren’t yet known, but Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram hears that he’ll get a one-year contract with an option for 2016.
Fujikawa was expected to handle the closer role when the Cubs brought him over from Japan for $9.5 million two years ago, but he struggled in 12 appearances in 2013 before undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 34-year-old right-hander made it back to the majors this past August and posted a 4.85 ERA with 17 strikeouts and six walks over 16 innings down the stretch. He hit free agency after the Cubs declined a $5.5 million option on him in October.
It’s a low-risk move which could pay off nicely if Fujikawa is healthy and gets a better feel for his command the further removed he becomes from surgery.
SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.
The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.
Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.
Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.
Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.
His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.