It comes as no surprise that the Baltimore Orioles have declined the option year of left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada for 2014 as NBC Sports’ Drew Silva reports. Wada would have made $5 million in 2014, but he may now test free agency beginning on November 5. Silva cites MASN’s Roch Kubato as the source of the news.
#orioles decline $5 million option on Tsuyoshi Wada’s contract, as expected.
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) November 2, 2013
Wada has yet to throw a pitch in the Major Leagues after signing a two-year contract with the Orioles after he completed play in Japan’s Nippan League in 2011. He had Tommy John surgery during that offseason, and although he made his way back to action in 2013, he never did get a call-up to Baltimore. He finished the season at Triple-A Norfolk, going 5-6 with a 4.03 ERA in 19 games. However, he had a 1.43 ERA in his last six starts.
Even if he does not start, Wada, a lefty, could become a valuable bullpen arm. In his Nippan career, Wada was 107-61 with...