According to a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Cubs have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with lefty reliever Hisanori Takahashi. Passan reported that the deal includes a non-roster invite to Spring Training.
Hisanori Takahashi was very good out of the pen for the Mets (2010) and Angels (2011) but struggled last season in 51 games for the Angels and Pirates. The 37-year old lefty posted a combined 0-3 record with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.
Takahashi was claimed off waivers from the Angels on August 24 and finished the year in the Pirates pen. Takahashi allowed eight runs on 10 hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings for Pittsburgh (8.64 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP). Lefties managed a .234/.268/.449/.716 line in 114 plate appearances against Takahashi last season and he will turn 38 on April 2.