The Cubs continued to add to their pitching staff late Thursday by agreeing to ink Hisanori Takahashi to a minor-league deal.
The 37-year-old lefty also reportedly received an invitation to Spring Training.
Source in Japan says lefty reliever Hisanori Takahashi has agreed with Cubs on a minor league deal with big league invite. Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 28, 2012
Takahashi has extensive big league experience, having appeared in 165 games over the last three seasons with the Pirates, Angels and Mets. He carries a 3.97 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 218 strikeouts in 240.1 innings.
The Tokyo native made 12 starts for the Mets in 2010, but has pitched exclusively in relief since then. He struggled last season to the tune of a 5.54 ERA, but his WHIP was still a respectable 1.25 and he reduced his walks while striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings.
Takahashi has held lefties to just a .238 AVG and .664 OPS during his MLB career and could slot in as another left-handed option in the Cubs' bullpen alongside James Russell.