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The Cubs' New Japanese Pitcher Accidentally Told The Press He Wouldn't Care If Chicago Traded Him

Today the Cubs officially introduced new signing Kyuji Fujikawa, because any time you can lock up a 32-year-old middle reliever who's never pitched in the MLB for two years and $9.5 million, you have to pull the trigger. Fujikawa met with the media at Wrigley Field, and though he speaks a decent amount of English, he felt more comfortable answering questions through a translator.

And because these are the Cubs, this happened:

There may have been a miscommunication between Fujikawa and his translator when Fujikawa was asked about the possibility of being traded from the Cubs this year if the team struggles.

"It's up to the team, I don't care," Fujikawa said via translator.

Fujikawa quickly interrupted his translator to clarify that no, he wants to stay with Chicago even if they're terrible, and yes, he's in this to help his young teammates get better. Let's wait until he sees Starlin Castro leisurely jog out a ground ball for the 18th time, and see what he says then.


[CBS Chicago, h/t Chris]

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