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The Orioles are about to sign Tsuyoshi Wada

Dec 13, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

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UPDATE: The deal is for two year and $8.15 million.  Even if he’s not much more than serviceable, that’s a good deal for the O’s.

10:01 AMDan Connolly reports that the Orioles are nearing a deal with Tsuyoshi Wada, late of the Softbank Hawks of the NPB. It’s not yet finalized, but it’s a multi-year deal.

Wada, a lefty, seems pretty interesting. He was 16-5  with a 1.51 ERA and a 168/40 K/BB ratio in 184 2/3 innings in 2011.  We’ve seen good numbers turn blah for Japanese pitchers once they hit the U.S. so it’s not like that should be considered a strong predictor, but it’s the O’s and they should be taking chances like this.

  1. Detroit Michael - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Nice K/BB ratio in Japan. While I agree that success in Japan doesn’t always mean success in the U.S., I’d also argue that Koji Uehara and Colby Lewis show us that superb K/BB ratios in Japan may translate to moderate levels of success in the U.S.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Doesn’t WADA stand for World Anti Doping Agency? With a name like that, I wish Wada a lot of luck.

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