The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 25-year-old right-handed pitcher Konner Wade from the Colorado Rockies for $500,000 of international bonus money.
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 25-year-old right-handed pitcher Konner Wade from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for $500,000 of international bonus pool money, according to PressBoxOnline.com’s Rich Dubroff on Twitter.
This is now the eighth trade the Baltimore Orioles have made in which they have given up international bonus pool money since the signing period opened up on July 2. The remaining 29 teams in the MLB have a total of 13 trades involving international bonus pool money.
Dubroff also mentions that, with this trade away of $500,000 in the Baltimore Orioles’ international bonus pool money, the team has now traded away a total of $5.075 million of their total international bonus pool money, of which they started with just $5.75 million. They signed four international players for $340,000 and have $160,000 remaining.
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Wade pitched in college for the Arizona Wildcats and was taken in the seventh round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Rockies. He was drafted in the 35th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of high school by the Arizona Diamondbacks but elected to go to college instead.
Wade joined the Rockies in 2013 and has been with the organization since, pitching in the minors generally as a starter, however he has spent a fair amount of time as a reliever too. He’s never played above Double-A ball in the organization but has had some decent success over the years, including a season in which he threw a 3.61 ERA over 142 innings pitched.
Last season, Wade pitched for the Rockies’ Double-A affiliate and went 9-7 over 109.1 innings pitched with a 4.28 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and a 6.50 K/9.
Wade is eligible for the Rule 5 draft, however it seems likely that the Baltimore Orioles expect teams to pass on him. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the team add Wade to their starting roster at the beginning of the 2018 season, as they need just about all the pitching they can get.