Cubs sign Wada
Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada will be back withe Cubs in 2015. The Cubs singed the left-handed Japanese pitcher to a one-year deal worth $4 million that also includes an additional $2 million in incentives. After signing a two-year deal with the Orioles, Wada had Tommy John surgery and missed 2012 and pitched 2013 in AAA Norfolk. After Baltimore declined a $5 million option, the Cubs inked the free agent to a one-year deal. Starting the season in Iowa, Wada was named PCL Pitcher of the Week in April and was also named Cubs minor league pitcher of the month. In 18 starts in Iowa, Wada was 10-6 with a 2.77 ERA in 113 IP and was named a PCL mid-season and post season all-star. He finished his AAA stint with a 1.16 WHIP and fanned 9.5/9 while sporting a 2.2 BB/9. Making his MLB debut July 8 with a start in the second game of a DH, Wada went five innings and didn’t figure in the decision. He made 13 starts for the North Siders, logging 69.1 innings with a 4-4 record and a 3.25 ERA. He averaged 7.4 K/9 and only went longer than five innings in six of his outings. The 33-year-old (34 on opening day) will battle for a starting spot in the rotation.
Cubs take Sweeney, Ruggiano off DL
The Chicago Cubs announced on Tuesday that outfielders Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney had been taken off the DL and added to the 40-man roster. Ruggiano went on the DL in late August and had surgery to his left ankle to remove damaged tissue. Sweeney was on the DL with a left hamstring strain. They are both expected to battle for an outfield spot this spring. Cubs 40-man roster stands at 37 and C.J. Edwards is expected to be added before the Rule 5 draft.
Arizona Fall League—Mesa 3, Salt River 1
Nov. 4—1B Daniel Vogelbach (.226) was the only Cubs prospect in the starting lineup for Mesa and he made his presence felt in the first inning, taking a 3-2 pitch into left center for a three-run single. He flew out to left in the third, double off the right-field wall in the sixth, and popped out to second in the 8th.
Nov. 3—Gerardo Concepcion (1-1, 6.35 ERA) took the loss in the 1-0 game, allowing an earned run in the 8th on a pair of hits in his only inning of work......1B Daniel Vogelbach (.204) went 0-for-3 and Jacob Hannemann (.279) was 0-2 with a walk.
Venezuelan Winter League
Nov. 4—La Guira’s Joseph Ortiz, acquired by Cubs this off-season, got the final two outs of the seventh, allowing a single as he faced three hitters in the 3-2 extra inning loss to Zulia.....Loiger Padron worked around a pair of hits in a scoreless inning in Caracas’ 7-5 victory over Lara.
Nov. 3—Only one game as Magallanes beat Margarita 7-3 and no Cubs prospects saw action.
Dominican Winter League
Nov. 4—According to Licey website, Arismendy Alcantara is expected to join the team sometime in mid-November and is expected to play centerfield........Only one game, Licey beat Toros 4-1, and no Cubs prospects saw action.
Nov. 3—Only one game on the schedule as Escogido beat Gigantes 2-1. Former Cub pitcher Brooks Raley (0-2, 2.31) took the for Gigantes, allowing two runs, one neared in 4.2 innings.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Nov. 4—No Cubs prospects saw action.
Nov. 3—No games were scheduled.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Nov. 4—CF John Andreoli (.214) went 2-for-4 and scored once in San Juan’s 10-9 win over Carolina. Andreoli also stole his first base. 3B Jonathan Mota (.364) singled and scored in four at-bats.
Nov. 3—No games scheduled.