The Cubs have re-signed left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada to a one-year contract, according to an announcement from the team. MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports that the deal is worth $4 million, with an additional $2 million being available in incentives.
Wada, who turns 34 in February, made his major league debut this year for the Cubs, posting a 4-4 record and 3.25 ERA in 13 starts after being signed to a minor league deal last December. The former Orioles signee underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 before spending the entire 2013 season with the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate and never breaking into the majors with the team that signed him to a two-year, $8.15 million deal out of Japan.
For the Cubs, Wada profiles as a back-end rotation who could compete with options like Jacob Turner, Felix Doubront, Dan Straily and Eric Jokisch for a rotation spot. The Cubs are likely to pursue top-end starting pitching this winter, so the depth addition of Wada is just the first step in their rotation plans.