Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada goes back to Japan


Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada is returning to Japan after spending the past two seasons with the Cubs, according to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker.

Wada spent nearly a decade pitching in Japan before leaving to sign with the Orioles in 2012, but then his career was derailed by injuries. He joined the Cubs in 2013 and logged a total of 102 innings with a 3.36 ERA in two seasons for Chicago, clearly proving he can have success in the majors.

At age 34 he’ll head back to Japan and finish up his career with guaranteed salaries and a multi-year contract, which Wada was unlikely to find in America.

Mets sign Matt Kemp to minor league deal

Matt Kemp
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The Mets have had a lot of injuries in their outfield. How many? So many that they’re bringing in Matt Kemp, who they just signed on a minor league deal. Hey, why not? He’s functionally free.

Kemp was released by the Reds earlier this month after batting just .200/.210/.283 over 62 plate appearances. While he was a pretty useful player for the first half of the 2018 season for the Dodgers, the odds of him making major contributions to the Mets this year are probably about the same odds there were on Adrián González making an impact when the Mets signed him last year. But again: what’s the harm?