Report: Cubs Sign LHP Tsuyoshi Wada to a Minor League Contract

According to a report from Japan, the Cubs signed free agent lefty Tsuyoshi Wada to a minor league contract that includes a non-roster invite to big league camp.

Tsuyoshi Wada spent the last two years with the Baltimore Orioles after he signed a two-year, $8.15 million contract in December of 2011. Wada never threw a pitch for the Orioles after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2012.

The Orioles declined Wada’s option for the 2014 season last month that would have paid the southpaw $5 million.

Tsuyoshi Wada posted a 16-5 record in 26 starts in 2011 with a 1.51 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP that included 168 strikeouts and 40 walks in 184 2/3 innings. Wada finished with a 107-61 record in 210 games, 207 starts, over his nine year career in Japan. Wada spent his last six seasons in Japan pitching for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and ended his career in Japan with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Wada was reportedly healthy last season but was not able to get on track. Wada spent the year with Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles’ system and managed a 5-6 record in 19 starts with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. In 102 2/3 innings, Wada struck out 80 batters and walked 35.

Multiple reports suggested the Orioles were looking to re-sign Tsuyoshi Wada to a minor league contract.

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  • SuzyS

    This is a nice move. All upside and little risk.

  • Eugene Debs

    “Wada never threw a pitch for the Orioles after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2012.”

    He apparently got the Scott Baker Special in Baltimore.

    Very low risk, potential depth.

    • cubtex

      I agree. Why not? He had surgery in 2009 as well so it seems like he is brittle. They need lefties so it is a decent gamble.

  • jtrain23

    I see no downside here. If he is healthy and the coaching staff can work him out, you’ve caught lightning in a bottle. If not, you’ve lost nothing.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Sounds like Scott Baker replacement.

  • paulcatanese

    Always nice to add a lefty to the staff, but really would like to see one that doesn’t have a history of injury.
    Sooner than later that “lightning ” in a bottle will be so full it will crack.
    It would be a nice move if not for that.

  • mutantbeast

    Low risk, left handed. Really dont have much to lose. Ill be more excited when I see the next Mike Harkey or Mark Prior, without the injury problems.

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