Orioles decline $5 million option on Tsuyoshi Wada

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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.

UPDATE: Conflicting reports on the Blue Jays calling up Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

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UPDATE: Welp, Hécto Gómez may not have this one right. Scott Mitchell of TSN is reporting that it’s “highly unlikely” Guerrero is recalled unless some sort of injury occurs, so I suppose we should all stand down.

Anyone up for keeping him down until the Super Two cutoff in June?

3:35 PM: Héctor Gómez‏, a baseball writer from the Dominican Republic, reports that The Blue Jays will call up Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He will reportedly make his MLB’s debut on Tuesday. The Blue Jays have not confirmed this yet, but I’m sure we’ll hear sometime this weekend.

As we’ve noted over and over, Guerrero has nothing left to prove in the minors and has not had anything to prove there for some time. Guerrero is currently 7-for-17, with a line of .412/.500/.824 in five Triple-A games this year. In one he hit the ball clear the heck out of the stadium. This coming off a 2018 season in which he hit .381/.437/.636 with 20 home runs and 78 RBI in 408 minor league plate appearances.

A minor injury in spring training made Guerrero unavailable for Opening Day and gave the Jays cover to keep him down in the minors to start the season. With that Guerrero is ensured of not getting a full year’s worth of service time in 2019 and thus the Jays have obtained a full six years of control of him after this season. As such, there really is no baseball nor business reason to keep him down on the farm any longer.