Cubs Sign OF Mitch Maier to Minor League Contract, Confirm Signings of Wada and Sanchez

The Cubs announced the signing of veteran outfielder Mitch Maier to a minor league contract on Thursday. Maier’s deal includes a non-roster invitation to Spring Training.

The Cubs also confirmed the signings of LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP Jonathan Sanchez and LHP Tommy Hottovy. All three southpaws received non-roster invites to big league camp … pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 13.

Jonathan Sanchez will compete for a spot in the Cubs’ pen in the spring and not as a starter, as reported. The Cubs see Tsuyoshi Wada as a starter and he will compete for a starting job this spring.

Mitch Maier spent last season with Triple-A Pawtucket and hit .310/.431/.451/.882 with seven doubles and three home runs in 31 games. Maier last played in the majors in 2012. In 32 games with the Royals, Maier hit .172/.260/.313/.573 with one double, one triple and two home runs.

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