According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs will not pick-up Tsuyoshi Wada’s $5 million club option for next season. And Tsuyoshi Wada will likely leave the organization instead of renegotiating another contract with the Cubs. Wada turns 34 in Februrary.
The Cubs took a flier on LHP Tsuyoshi Wada last off-season and signed the 32-year old southpaw to a minor league contract. Wada left Japan two years earlier after inking a deal with the Orioles but he never pitched for Baltimore after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012. The Orioles did not pick-up the $5 million club option on Wada for the 2014 season and he became a free agent.
Tsuyoshi Wada received a non-roster invite to Major League Spring Training as part of the minor deal he signed with the Cubs, but he struggled in the spring and was released in late March. Wada re-signed with the Cubs the next day, another minor league contract that included an opt out if he was not on the 40-man roster by a certain date and a club option for the 2015 season.
Tsuyoshi Wada performed rather well as a 33-year old (Feb. 21, 1981) for Triple-A Iowa and was a PCL All-Star. Wada posted a 10-6 record in 19 games, 18 starts, with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP that included 120 strikeouts with 28 walks in 113 2/3 innings. And Dr. K earned the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month award for April.
Wada was added to the 40-man roster in late June and called-up for a spot start against the Reds in day-night doubleheader on July 8 in Cincinnati. Wada was added to the Cubs rotation for remainder of the season in late July and has been solid in the Cubs rotation.
In 10 starts for the Cubs, Tsuyoshi Wada is 4-2 with a 2.95 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP and a 3.85 FIP. Wada has given up 45 hits with 15 walks and 46 strikeouts in 55 innings at the big league level.