Tsuyoshi Wada hasn’t thrown a pitch for the Orioles since signing a two-year, $8.15 million contract with the club in December of 2011. And while he is now fully recovered from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, he’s still not ready to join the big club.
After Wada posted a miserable 8.14 ERA and 20/13 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings over six rehab starts with Triple-A Norfolk, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles were able to get his consent to accept a minor league assignment. It’s not unusual for pitchers to struggle with their command and control after Tommy John surgery, so the hope is that the 32-year-old returns to form and becomes an option for the Orioles’ rotation at some point during the second half.
Wada posted a 1.51 ERA in 185 innings in 2011 for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League prior to signing with the Orioles. His contract with Baltimore includes a $5 million option for next season.
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”