From the Wire: Cubs Select the Contract of LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, Officially Option Wada to Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs selected the contract of LHP Tsuyoshi Wada and added the southpaw to the 40-man roster. The Cubs officially optioned Tsuyoshi Wada to Iowa, where he has been pitching all season. Wada had an option in his contract that if the Cubs did not add him to the 40-man they would have risked losing him.

The addition of Tsuyoshi Wada to the 40-man roster gives the Cubs another option for the big league rotation once the expected trades take place over the next five-plus weeks.

The Cubs cleared a spot on the 40-man roster earlier Sunday when Eli Whiteside was designated for assignment. With Wada added to the Major League reserve roster, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 40 players.

The Cubs signed LHP Tsuyoshi Wada to a minor league contract in the off-season that included a non-roster invite to Major League Spring Training. Wada struggled early in Spring Training before being reassigned to minor league camp.

Wada has been very good for the Iowa Cubs this season. Wada earned Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors for April after posting a 3-1 record in four starts with a 0.68 ERA and a 0.64 WHIP. Wada gave up two runs on 14 hits with three walks and 29 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings. Both runs Wada surrendered were on solo home runs. Wada struggled in May and is 3-1 in his last four starts with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.

For the season, Tsuyoshi Wada is 7-4 in 14 starts with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. In 86 1/3 innings, Wada has given up 81 hits with 23 walks and 83 strikeouts. Wada has served up the longball this season. In his 14 starts, he has served up 10 home runs.

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  • Richard Hood

    What a waste of a 40 man spot. I guess this is the way they avoid him opting out of his minor league deal but come on. He is a 5/6/7 guy and we have at least 2 or 3 of them already on the 40 man.

    • Tony_H

      Who are these guys? And are they ready to take a rotation spot when Hammel and/or Samardzija gets traded?

      Beeler – No
      McDonald – 60 DL
      Rusin – Yes

      Bullpen arms – Grimm, Ramirez, Villanueva – They are already on the 40 man. Who else is there?

      And who would you have added?

      Why lose him, when you can keep him for now?

      • Richard Hood

        I was thinking Hendrick, Beeler, Rusin as the 3 guys that are already 5/6.7 guys.

        There is no Chance that Wada is better than them now. He has no stuff and is getting his numbers by pure junk. He is the definition of a 4A pitcher. All this does is take a minor league trade of him off the table. No one will want to give up a 40 man spot for a guy with his injury history and ineffectiveness.

        • Tony_H

          Hendricks will be added when he gets called up. But if they had let Wada walk for no good reason, that would have created a ton of poor roster management comments and for good reason.

          Beeler and Rusin are both already on the 40 man and only Rusin is ready and has already had chances. I think Wada and Hendricks will replace Hammel and Samardzija and then Grimm will get a chance if one of them fails.

          I’m not a fan of Wada, but losing him would have made no sense. And the AAA stats say Wada is the best one right now.

          Wada 2.81 ERA 1.205 WHIP
          Hendricks 3.55 ERA 1.139 WHIP
          Jokisch 3.89 ERA 1.170 WHIP
          Beeler 3.98 ERA 1.196 WHIP

          Rusin 4.14 ERA 1.276 WHIP

          It sure seems like the PCL hasn’t been the hitters league as in the past this year. Awfully good PCL pitching numbers.

          • Richard Hood

            For some reason I thought Hendrick was added last year.

          • Theboardrider

            I’d like to see what he can do. He does have good numbers.

            Writing off Hendricks as a 5, 6 or 7 at your own risk. He’s been great at every level he’s ever pitched. Definition of a guy that is overlooked because of his lack of “stuff,” but just gets it done.

          • Richard Hood

            I do not write him off as a that guy. Just right now that is the group he is in until he pitches in the bigs. I think even if his fastball does not maintain at 91/92 he has the upside of 3/4 guy. I really like his control and his pitchablilty. I think those are assets that most scouts look past because he doesn’t light up a gun or make you go wow with movement.

          • Tony_H

            Reports were that he was touching 95 in his last starts sitting 92-93. I want him to get a chance this year, that’s for sure.

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    Why does everyone second guess every freaking decision the FO makes?

    • Theboardrider

      Especially with moves like this. The FO has watched games and games of these minor league guys. Most of us couldn’t tell you if they’re over or under 6 feet. It’s mind boggling that they can’t make one move without the second guessing by people that aren’t currently working in baseball management. I’m sure it happens everywhere not just Chicago, but with the experience and track record of success our FO has you’d think they’d get the benefit of the doubt that they know what they’re doing.

    • Swish23

      When you tank seasons on purpose and lie about it; every season is sacred; right Theo; this is what you ask for. Any GM in baseball can ignore the MLB club, lose to get higher picks; so why is Theo getting 3M per year? I guess to sign Ian Stewart twice. Would be nice if the owner gave 2 cents about the team as much as the real fans do. Hence, every move, mascot, cake, etc is gonna get scrutinized.

      • Jeffrey Rogers

        With comment about the owner not spending 2 cents on the team I can tell you have not really been paying attention

        New Dominican baseball academy

        Millions on international free agents

        New state of the art computerized video and scouting system.

        New spring training facility. Yes I know Mesa paid a large portion

        Spending money on free agents is fricken stupid at this point.