Cubs agree to deal with Wuertz; invite Kadokura to camp

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Cubs have avoided salary arbitration with right-hander Michael Wuertz, agreeing to terms with the reliever on a 2009 contract.

The 30-year-old Wuertz split last season between the Cubs and Triple-A Iowa, going 1-1 with a 3.63 earned run average in 45 games for Chicago.

Wuertz is 13-7 with one save and a 3.57 ERA in 265 relief outings since entering the majors with the Cubs in 2004.

Chicago also signed Japanese pitcher Ken Kadokura to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

A 13-year veteran of the Nippon Professional Baseball League, Kadokura, 35, has gone 76-82 with a 4.36 ERA in 302 career games for the Chunichi Dragons (1996-99), Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes (2000-03), Yokohama Bay Stars (2004-06) and Yomiuri Giants (2007-08).

The right-hander was a former teammate of Cubs right fielder Kosuke Fukudome while with Chunichi in 1999.

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