Wada signs minor league deal with Cubs

Wada signs minor league deal with Cubs
December 19, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Nearly all the Orioles’ free agents from last season have signed. On Thursday, Tsuyoshi Wada, who earned $8.15 million over two years without throwing a pitch for the team, signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs.

Wada underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2012, and never earned a promotion from Triple-A Norfolk in 2013.

Scott Feldman, Nate McLouth and Brian Roberts were the most prominent to sign elsewhere.

The biggest surprise was Michael Morse’s one-year, $6 million contract with San Francisco. Morse had an awful month with the Orioles, then underwent wrist surgery at the end of the season.

It seemed unlikely that Morse could earn a major league contract, but got a nice deal from the Giants.

Jason Hammel and Francisco Rodriguez remain unsigned as does catcher Chris Snyder.

K-Rod will probably sign after closers like Chris Perez and Fernando Rodney find new homes, and with a large number of starting pitchers still on the market, Hammel could wait a little while.

Wilson Betemit, who the Orioles released in September, has yet to sign, but he’s been linked with Atlanta and an industry source says that Cleveland is interested in him.

Former Oriole Luke Scott, who was nontendered after the 2011 season and spent two injury-plagued years with Tampa Bay, signed to play for South Korea’s SK Wyverns.