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Cubs One of Four Finalists for Japanese Star Seiya Suzuki

Japanese star Seiya Suzuki has a short list of favorite teams per a report out of Japan. The Cubs happen to be one of those teams.
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MLB's lockout continues to persist as we approach February. However, there is some encouraging news out of Japan. According to a report, Japanese star Seiya Suzuki has a short list of three or four teams and the Chicago Cubs are one of those four.

Suzuki was posted by his NPB back in November, but just like the rest of the MLB-level players, he cannot negotiate with anyone during this lockout. However, Suzuki will inevitably have plenty of suitors whenever the lockout concludes.

The Japanese star is widely considered one of the best outfielders to come from the country in quite some time. This past season, Suzuki slashed .317/.433/.636 with 38 home runs and 88 RBIs. In addition, he struck out 89 times compared to 88 walks, showing incredible plate discipline. Since 2016, Suzuki's worst power season consisted of 25 home runs and 75 RBIs. He's also a consistent .300 hitter throughout his Japanese career.

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Suzuki would be a welcomed addition to the Cubs' outfield. He is only 27 years old, meaning he is entering his prime and can help an up-and-coming Cubs team win in the near future. Naturally, there is no guarantee he picks Chicago. However, the Cubs being among the favorites is encouraging news that the front office is likely to spend and spend on quality talent.