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All sources seem to indicate he'll be a good player. The problem with people coming from Japan is that you can't expect super stardom, you have to be content with the likelihood that they will be very good but maybe not great players.


As I have a love triangle with both the Cubs and Marlins and am therefore a cubs-fan as well, I'll be happy if they sign this guy as they don't expect him to win the MVP and sign him to an absurd deal. It would be like the NFL draft, where teams spend 50 million to sign the first overall pick only to realize three years later that he is Alex Smith.

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Pinnela called him a cross between Matsui and Suzuki.... but I think the cubs would be happy if he hit anywhere above .280 with 15+ homers and 75+ RBI's at a major league level. What's more important to them, I would think, is the left-handed bat that would bring balance to their outfield.

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