Cubs sign left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada


March 18, 2012; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher

Tsuyoshi Wada

(18) throws against the Atlanta Braves during the bottom of the seventh inning of a spring training game at Disney Wide World of Sports complex. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Adding yet another left-hander to their ranks, the Chicago Cubs have signed former Orioles pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada to a minor-league deal, according to the team.

Wada, who never appeared in a big league game for Baltimore, played in Japan for eight seasons prior to signing with the O’s a few seasons back. Last year with the team’s Triple-A affiliate, Wada went 5-6 with a 4.03 earned run average while making 19 starts.

He posted a 2.29 SO/BB ratio, allowing nine home runs in 102 2/3 innings of work.

According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Chicago sees Wada as a starting pitcher, only adding to the plethora of starting pitching the front office has stockpiled in recent years.

Wada never reached the big leagues with Baltimore due to his recovery from a 2012 Tommy John surgery. Chicago also invited left-hander Tommy Hottovy and outfielder Mitch Meier to Spring Training, according to Sullivan.