tsuyoshi wada oriolesI really liked Tsuyoshi Wada as a minor league deal flyer for the Chicago Cubs coming into Spring Training.

Here’s the thing about minor league flyers and why you like them, though: most of them don’t make the team – many don’t even stick with the organization – and the cost when they don’t stick is virtually nothing. So you take a shot on upside, and if it doesn’t work out, you cut bait and move on.

Thus, although I liked signing Wada to a minor league deal, I also have no problem with him now moving on. The Cubs today granted Wada his unconditional release, and the 33-year-old lefty will presumably try to catch on elsewhere. Or he may head back to Japan.

Wada has never pitched in the bigs in the States, succumbing to Tommy John surgery immediately after the Orioles signed him prior to the 2012 season. He showed some nice stuff late in the year at AAA in 2013, so that’s why he was worth a shot. He didn’t quite show as much for the Cubs this Spring, and it was likely that he was going to be able to opt out of his minor league deal eventually anyway. So the sides apparently elected to just part ways now.

With Wada officially out of the picture, the 5th spot in the rotation is formally down to Carlos Villanueva and Chris Rusin, though we already informally knew that to be the case.

The Spring roster now stands at 35.

  • DarthHater

    Well, Wada ya’ know?

    • blublud

      Wada you say?

    • Diehardthefirst

      πŸ‘ΉπŸ‘ΉπŸ‘ΊπŸ‘ΊπŸ’€πŸ‘½πŸ’€πŸ‘½πŸ˜ˆπŸ‘Ώ zombies get off my lawn!!!

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  • itzscott

    Wada ya gonna do?

  • Funn Dave

    After the Lake and Valbuena homers, I’ve forgotten Wada already.

    • Funn Dave

      Whups, was I supposed to make a pun? Wada ya think this is, a joke site?

    • blublud

      Wada are you doing not knowing to make a Wada pun?

    • Funn Dave

      Wada lotta homers for Junior Lake!

  • itzscott

    Wada bunch of losers!

    • DarthHater

      Yada yada wada.

  • Paddy26

    Shouldn’t have expected him to do too well in the Cactus League. He’s terrible in the desert, so far from a source of Wada.

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    I went to get a drink of Wada and missed Juniors last home run.

  • N.J. Riv

    Man, these puns…. Wada you guys trying to do? Kill me?

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    Wada ya fada teach you about makin’ fun-a peoples’ names?

  • abe

    Who are the next ten to be let go?

  • cubfanincardinalland

    I was really looking forward to Wada pitching to duda.

  • DarthHater

    β™« It’s Wada-Duda time! β™«
    β™« It’s Wada-Duda time! β™«

    • blublud

      According to my 2 yr old daughter, a Duda is a bowel movement. So Wada Duda time is a personal movement not to share with others.

      WADA YOU THINKING. Keep that to yourself.

  • Forgetting Sean Marshall

    I saw him pitch in the AA game on Thursday. He went 6, I think, and didn’t give up any runs. There were about 10-12 people with the Japanese media following him around. I approached him after and had him sign a helmet and I said “good job.” He was very courteous and said thanks but wasn’t that great. He seemed pretty bummed about his performance and not likely to stick around. Very nice guy but didn’t run over the AA guys. Good luck to him.

    • Hee Seop Chode

      your moniker is awesome, and makes me think of a 1990s Ben Afleck romantic comedy.

  • Espy

    I saw him pitch last weekend in Vegas and every ball hit off him in the 1st was rocketed to the gap. This was not a surprise as he could not get anyone out.