CHICAGO (AP) -Reliever Shingo Takatsu agreed Friday to a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and was invited to spring training.
The 39-year-old Takatsu pitched for the Chicago White Sox in 2004 and 2005 and also with the New York Mets in 2005.
He had a Japanese Central League record 286 saves for the Yakult Swallows for them from 1991-2003 and again in 2006-7. He has 27 major leagues saves in 31 chances, including 19 of 21 for the White Sox in 2004.

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