The Chicago Cubs have reportedly landed the most important worldwide star on this 12 months’s free-agency market.

Suzuki recorded 38 dwelling runs, 88 RBIs and only one fewer stroll than strikeouts (88 and 89, respectively) through the 2021 season for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Central League in Nippon Skilled Baseball (NPB). Primarily an outfielder, Suzuki is a four-time NPB All-Star, five-time winner of the NPB Greatest 9 Award and earned three Mitsui Gold Glove awards as nicely.

The 27-year-old bats and throws right-handed and has racked up 182 dwelling runs, 562 RBIs, 937 hits and a .315/.414/.570 slash line over 902 video games in 9 NPB seasons. Suzuki helped staff Japan earned the gold medal on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

After the conclusion of the 2021 NPB season, Suzuki was posted by Hiroshima in late November and made accessible to all 30 MLB groups, opening a 30-day contract negotiation interval. That 30-day window was paused, although, as a result of practically 100-day lockout.

The Cubs have had a busy offseason, as they employed basic supervisor Carter Hawkins in October and prolonged supervisor David Ross’ contract by the 2024 season final week. The staff has additionally been reported to be “among the many favorites” to signal two-time All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa.

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