Cubs decline club option on Fujikawa

Cubs decline club option on Fujikawa

CHICAGO -- The Cubs declined their 2015 club option on Kyuji Fujikawa Thursday, making the right-handed reliever a free agent.

That option was for $5.5 million, with a buyout of $500,000. Fujikawa, 34, came to the Cubs after a 12-year-career for Hanshin in Japan via a two-year, $9.5-million deal prior to the 2013 season. But after making just 12 appearances and posting a 5.25 ERA in '13, Fujikawa underwent Tommy John Surgery in June of that same season.

He pitched in 15 games for the Cubs during the '14 campaign, posting a 4.85 ERA. With this move, the Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 35 players.

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