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Former Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson signs with the LG Twins of the KBO


Consider this post a cry for help.

Baseball general managers: it’s your inaction that has led us to this. Don’t blame me. Sign some people already, will ya? Anyway, [deep breath], former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson has signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization.

The Orioles’ 10th round pick from 2011 was DFA’d back in September and did not appear to be in the Orioles or anyone else’s plans. He’s 28 and has posted a 5.02 ERA and some pretty low strikeout rates over parts of three seasons with Baltimore. He got a moderately extensive audition as a big league starter in 2016 and put up a 5.27 ERA. Last year he was shelled in nine big league games and didn’t do too much better in the rotation down in Norfolk.

That’s rough, but getting $800,000 to go ply your trade in Korea is a pretty decent landing, all things considered. If he has a couple of good seasons for the LG Twins, he’ll get a fresh look by someone in the bigs or in Japan, I reckon.

Royals acquire Brian Goodwin from Nationals

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The Royals have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Nationals, the teams announced Sunday. The Nationals received minor league right-handed reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan in the deal.

Goodwin, 27, was working through his third campaign with the Nationals in 2018. He saw limited playing time in the outfield (mostly due to the trifecta of talent the club already had in Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton, and Juan Soto), and finished the first half of the season with a .200/.321/.354 batting line, three home runs, three stolen bases and a .674 OPS in just 79 plate appearances. The Royals, who appear thin on compelling center field options at the moment, are expected to utilize him on a more frequent basis once he’s added to the active roster.

The 23-year-old Condra-Bogan has yet to break into the majors with any team so far. He got his start in pro ball in 2017 with the independent Washington WildThings of the Frontier League and issued three runs, three walks and 15 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings before signing on with the Royals as a free agent. This season, he pitched to an impressive 2.08 ERA, 0.7 BB/9 and 13.5 SO/9 through 26 innings in Single-A Lexington before getting transferred to High-A Wilmington for a single appearance. The Nationals have not announced where he’ll be assigned for the remainder of 2018.