CHICAGO, IL – Japanese baseball star Seiya Suzuki has signed a five-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to a report by NBC Chicago’s David Kaplan.
The Cubs met Suzuki on Tuesday night, according to Kaplan, and beat fellow Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox, among others.
Suzuki, 27, is coming off his best season with Hiroshima Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball. The outfielder hit .319 with 38 homers and an OPS of 1.069 in 2021 and has a career average of .309 and 189 home runs, according to Baseball Reference. La Carpe posted his rights to MLB teams on Nov. 22, but the lockout extended his posting window by 30 days.
The Cubs are also reportedly pursuing familiar faces in first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder and designated hitter Kyle Schwarber, but the two will play elsewhere next year. Rizzo signed with the New York Yankees Tuesday night, the team the Cubs traded him to at the trade deadline last season.
Schwarber accepted a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to ESPN. Schwarber was not introduced by the Cubs until the 2021 season and signed with the Washington Nationals before being traded to the Boston Red Sox mid-season.
This story is being updated.