Tuesday, October 4 2022

Officially official: Cubs sign Suzuki to 5-year deal originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Seiya Suzuki is a Chicago Cub.

The Cubs announced Friday they’ve signed Suzuki, the star Japanese outfielder and a top free agent this winter, to a five-year deal.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but it’s worth a reported $85 million — $99.6 million when including the posting fee the Cubs will pay Suzuki’s club in Japan. The total package is the fifth-highest contract the Cubs have given a player ever.

Suzuki, 27, is a five-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. In nine seasons with the Hiroshima Carp, he hit .315/.414/.570.

Last year he batted .317/.433/.640 with 38 home runs and 88 RBIs in 132 games, winning his second Central League batting title while leading the league in on-base percentage.

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He also helped Japan with a gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The Cubs were among a half dozen suitors for Suzuki. Team chairman Tom Ricketts flew to Arizona Monday to make a pitch to Suzuki.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the deal will pay Suzuki $12 million in 2022 (including a $5 million signing bonus). His biggest single-season salary is in 2024 ($20 million) — the year Jason Heyward’s contract falls off the Cubs books.

Suzuki is a potential building block for the “next great Cubs team.” He’ll help the Cubs in the short term and is young enough to project as a productive veteran throughout the five-year deal.

That could fit the developmental timeline of the Cubs’ top prospects, who are a couple years away from the big leagues.

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Source: Yahoo Sports

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