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Chicago offseason news: Cubs decline option on Fujikawa, White Sox decline option on Paulino

The Chicago Cubs have decided to decline the option on Kyuji Fujikawa, while the White Sox declined their option on Felipe Paulino.

Brian Kersey

The Chicago Cubs have declined their $5.5 million option on reliever Kyuji Fujikawaaccording to Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune. Fujikawa will be paid a $500K buyout as he hits free agency.

Fujikawa signed a two-year deal with the Cubs in December 2012. The first two years of the contract paid Fujikawa $9 million, but Chicago's decision to decline the $5.5 million option comes as no surprise. In two years with the Cubs, Fujikawa pitched a total of 25 innings, posting a 5.04 ERA. Chicago brought in Fujikawa following a 12-year career in Japan, in which he posted a 1.77 ERA in 562 games.

Across town, the White Sox have decided to decline the $4 million option on pitcher Felipe Paulinoaccording to Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com. The White Sox signed Paulino to a one-year, $1.75 million deal last December. With the club option being declined, Paulino will receive a $250K buyout.

Paulino only appeared in four games for the White Sox, spending most of his time on the disabled list with shoulder issues. For his career, Paulino has posted a 5.22 ERA over 97 games.