As first reported by MASN’s Roch Kubatko, the Orioles have officially declined a $5 million option for the 2014 season on left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada. He will be free to sign with any team on November 5.
Wada landed a two-year, $8.15 million contract from the O’s in December 2011, but he underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery before throwing a pitch in a major league game and failed to dig himself out of Triple-A this year despite being in good health.
Wada posted a 1.51 ERA and 168/40 K/BB ratio across 184 2/3 innings in 2011 for Japan’s Softbank Hawks and a 1.43 ERA over his final six starts this year at Norfolk. He’s not going to get much guaranteed money, but the 32-year-old southpaw should generate interest this winter from multiple major league clubs.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.
Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.
The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.