The Chicago Cubs signed Tsuyoshi Wada to a minor league deal that includes an invite to spring training. From MLB.com's Carrie Muskat:
The Cubs added to their pitching inventory when they signed left-handed pitchers Jonathan Sanchez, Tsuyoshi Wada, and Tommy Hottovy to Minor League contracts with invites to Spring Training.
... Wada, 32, will compete for a spot in the Cubs' rotation. The lefty, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012, compiled a 2.76 ERA over his last 78 1/3 innings for the Orioles' Triple-A Norfolk team last season. He'll join Justin Grimm, Chris Rusin and Carlos Villanueva as candidates for the fifth spot in the rotation.
Source: MLB.com 12/19/2013
Gosuke Katoh worked out with Ichiro Suzuki at Hotto Motto Kobe on Thursday. According to those close to the situation, Katoh sought out Ichiro and visited Kobe. The two plan to work out together for a few days.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/2013