Veteran infielder Munenori Kawasaki, a fan favourite during his time with the Toronto Blue Jays, has signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs, Fox Sports reported Thursday.

The 34-year-old from Japan endeared himself to Toronto fans with his colourful personality and enthusiastic playing style, which helped many overlook his limited ability.

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Kawasaki is a career .234 hitter with a .314 on-base percentage and one home run over parts of four major-league seasons, including the last three with the Blue Jays.

He was left off Toronto's post-season roster as the Jays made their run to the American League Championships Series in 2015.