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Munenori Kawasaki | Second Baseman | #66

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/3/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 175
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / SEA
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Cubs released INF Munenori Kawasaki.
Kawasaki, 35, appeared in 14 games with the Cubs last season and batted .255/.352/.312 over 102 games in Triple-A. He's a clubhouse/fan favorite and the Cubs would surely like to work out a new deal, but he could find a more appealing opportunity elsewhere. Mar 28 - 12:17 PM

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Cubs re-signed INF Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

While he's a valuable source of infield depth for the Cubs, Kawasaki is a career .237/.320/.289 hitter in 738 plate appearances at the major league level. He can be ignored for fantasy purposes.
Jan 7 - 3:28 PM

Sports Hochi reports that the Cubs are close to re-signing Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract.

He will receive an invitation to spring training. Kawasaki, 35, is a career .237/.320/.289 hitter, but he's versatile and always the life of the party.
Jan 3 - 12:01 AM

Cubs recalled INF Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Iowa.

Kawasaki will give the Cubs depth at multiple infield positions down the stretch. The .234/.315/.285 career hitter is doubtful to get more than a couple of starts.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 05:03:00 PM

Cubs optioned INF Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Iowa.

Kawasaki was only in the majors for two games this time around. He is a .234/.315/.285 career hitter.
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 11:04:00 AM

Cubs recalled INF Munenori Kawsakai from Triple-A Iowa.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was sent down in the corresponding move. Kawasaki earned the call-up by hitting .271 with 11 steals over 61 appearances for Iowa. The fan favorite will play a utility role for the Cubs.
Sat, Jul 9, 2016 04:31:00 PM

Cubs optioned INF Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Iowa.

He's headed back to the minors to accommodate the return of Javier Baez (thumb) from the disabled list. Kawasaki could go back-and-forth between Triple-A and the majors often this season.
Fri, Apr 15, 2016 11:24:00 AM

Cubs recalled INF Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Iowa.

He's taking the place of Kyle Schwarber on the club's active roster. It's unclear if he'll be up for the long haul, or if he's just a bench depth until the Cubs figure out the best way to compensate for losing Schwarber's powerful bat.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 07:56:00 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of INF Munenori Kawasaki; optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.

Kawasaki had already been sent out to minor league camp, but this move adds him to the 40-man roster. He'll provide organizational depth at Triple-A. Cubs manager Joe Maddon has stated that we will probably see the fun-loving middle infielder on the north side of Chicago at some point this summer.
Sun, Apr 3, 2016 07:41:00 PM

Cubs re-signed INF Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract.

Kawasaki was released Tuesday morning, but it didn't take long for the two sides to agree to a new deal. The 34-year-old owns an ugly .234/.314/.284 batting line in 712 major league plate appearances, but he's not a bad depth piece in the minors.
Tue, Mar 29, 2016 03:01:00 PM

Cubs released INF Munenori Kawasaki.

Kawasaki batted .375 (15-for-40) this spring, but there's no room on Chicago's bench. The Cubs are trying to re-sign him, though.
Tue, Mar 29, 2016 11:45:00 AM

Cubs signed INF Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract.

Kawasaki was a big fan favorite during his time in Toronto, but the 34-year-old owns a rough .234/.314/.284 batting line in 712 major league plate appearances. He will function as organizational infield depth for a Cubs team that is loaded with much better talent.
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 12:21:00 AM

Blue Jays recalled INF Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.

Kawasaki has bounced back and forth from the majors to the minors a few times this season while batting 3-for-18 (.167) over 14 games with the Blue Jays. The fan favorite will serve as a backup infielder for the final month of the regular season.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 12:18:00 PM

Blue Jays optioned INF Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo.

He's clearing out for the arrival of new acquisition Cliff Pennington. Kawasaki has been up and down with the Blue Jays on four occasions this season.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Blue Jays recalled INF Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.

The 34-year-old infielder and fan favorite is hitting just .200/.294/.333 in 15 at-bats with the Blue Jays this season. He'll provide infield depth and flexibility while Devon Travis is on the disabled list.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 10:11:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3Ali Solis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
3Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Jon Jay
2Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
2Matt Szczur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Kyle Hendricks
4John Lackey
5Brett Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Koji Uehara
5Mike Montgomery
6Carl Edwards Jr.
7Justin Grimm
8Brian Duensing
9Gerardo Concepcion
10Manny Parra
11Andury Acevedo
12Daniel Moskos