The Chicago Cubs agreed to a deal Thursday with Japanese relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa.
The Cubs announced on their official Twitter feed that Fujikawa, 32, will be officially introduced at a news conference on Friday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fujikawa recorded 220 saves in 12 seasons playing for the Hanshin Tigers.
A major league scout told ESPNChicago.com that Fujikawa throws between 91 to 93 mph on a regular basis and has an outstanding breaking ball. The scout said he may fit as a quality setup man better than a closer.
Information from ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine and Jesse Rogers contributed to this report.