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Imanaga to Cubs, per report

The Chicago Cubs and Shota Imanaga have reportedly agreed on a deal

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The Chicago Cubs and pitcher Shota Imanaga have agreed to a deal, per reports. Imanaga will undergo a physical in Chicago prior to the deal becoming official.

Imanaga, 30, has spent his entire career with the Yokohama Bay Stars of the NPB up to this point. He put up a 2.66 ERA in 24 appearances covering 159 innings for Yokohama in 2023. Fellow import Yoshinobu Yamamoto was considered the top free agent pitcher in this year’s class and landed $325 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers, and is viewed as a potential top of the rotation type of pitcher. Imanaga, on the other hand, is seen as likely to be more of a back of the rotation innings-eating type pitcher.

No word yet on the financial aspects of the deal. Imanaga was expected to get around $20 million per year for multiple years heading into the offseason. The Cubs will also have to pay a posting fee to Yokohama for Imanaga. Assuming the contract is more than $50 million, the posting fee would be $9.275 million plus 15% of the amount over $50 million.