Kawasaki will retire after being released by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Japan on Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Kawasaki last played in Major League Baseball in 2016 for the Cubs. He hit .237/.320/.289 in 276 games over his five-year major-league career.
Kawasaki will return to Japan to play for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Tribune reports. The 35-year-old infielder was released by the Cubs on Tuesday after appearing in 14 games for the club last year. Kawasaki put together a solid spring, compiling a .282 average and seven RBI over 17 games, but it appears he won't have any fantasy impact as he returns to his home country.
Kawasaki was released by the Cubs on Tuesday, the Chicago Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer reports. The Cubs would have liked to keep Kawasaki in the organization, but he may have a better opportunity elsewhere. Regardless of where he ends up, his primary contributions will be infield defense and an excellent presence in the clubhouse, neither of which are rewarded in the majority of fantasy leagues.
Kawasaki started at shortstop and went 2-for-3 with four RBI in Monday's spring training victory over the Angels. With Addison Russell out of the lineup again nursing a sore left arm, Kawasaki had a big day at the plate, The 35-year-old is fighting to make the 25-man roster out of spring training, but if he doesn't, he figures to be a reliable veteran option the Cubs can call on down the road.
Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday. The 35-year-old infielder has seen just 38 big league plate appearances since the start of the 2015 season, and sticks around primarily because of his defensive versatility and his excellent presence in the clubhouse. He will return to serving as organizational depth at Iowa.