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Japanese Starting Pitcher is Headed to the North Side

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The Chicago Cubs are in agreement with free-agent starting pitcher, Shōta Imanaga. Imanaga is coming to the MLB from Japan. His window for signing with a team ended tomorrow, so Imanaga got signed by the Cubs just in time. This is the first MLB signing of the off-season for the Chicago Cubs, and it's a big one.

Earlier this off-season, the Cubs brought in Craig Counsell as their next manager. After bringing in a manager like Counsell, everyone was expecting the Cubs to make a lot of splashes. They have made their first one, signing Shōta Imanaga.

Shōta Imanaga spent the last eight seasons pitching in Japan. Imanaga was a really good pitcher in Japan. Over his eight seasons pitched in Japan, Imanaga posted a 74-55 record in 1119.2 IP. Shōta Imanaga had a 2.96 ERA, 1,183 SO, and a 1.076 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs are forming themselves a very solid rotation. Alongside of Shōta Imanaga, the Cubs also have Justin Steele, Jameson Taillon, Kyle Hendricks, and Jordan Wicks. This is a pretty good starting pitching staff. It's going to be exciting to watch Shōta Imanaga pitch on the North Side.

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