The Cubs are close to re-signing Munenori Kawasaki

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As far as signings go this is about as minor as it gets, but the player in question is fun, so that’s worth noting.

Sports Hochi reports that the Cubs are close to re-signing Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract. Kawasaki is a utlilityman who played some second and third in 14 big league games for the Cubs last year. He played a a lot of shortstop for Triple-A Iowa last season and a little shortstop at the big league level when he was with the Blue Jays. His bat is nothing to write home about. He’ll be organizational depth.

But hopefully he’ll have his moments in the spotlight. Like when a spring training crowd in Mesa chanted his name and he responded with a big homer, all coming on the day he was cut from the big league squad. Or when he sang Aerosmith’s “I don’t want to miss a thing” for his teammates. He’s a fun dude.