Korean reliever Lim Chang-yong said he has agreed to terms on a contract with the Chicago Cubs, but he is not expected to pitch until the 2014 season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
"I am happy that my dream has finally come true," Lim told the Yonhap News Agency. "I am not getting any younger, and it's great to have the chance to experience something I never have before. I am going to tackle this challenge head on."
Yonhap News reports the 36-year-old Lim agreed to a two-year contract worth up to $5 million.
The right-handed Lim says the Cubs don't expect him to pitch until 2014 due to a torn ligament in his pitching arm which required the second Tommy John surgery of his career.
"The Cubs expect to see me back on the field in 2014, rather than next year," Lim told the Yonhap News. "Once the deal is signed, I will move to Arizona, where the Cubs operate a rehab center. My goal is to continue to rehab and get back on the mound by mid to late season next year."
Lim had an 11-13 career record with a 2.09 ERA and 128 saves in five seasons with the Yakult Swallows.
Agent Yoo-hyun Park told the Yonhap News that other teams offered more money than the Cubs, but Chicago agreed to hire Lim's interpreter and personal trainer.
The Cubs have not confirmed the signing of Lim.