The Royals made some news in the twitter circles late last night and early this morning as they continued their search for a lefty specialist. First PioDeportes tweeted around midnight that the Royals are aggressively pursuing Japanese Left Hander Tsuyoshi Wada.
Wada is 30 years old and has compiled a 91-56 career record with a 3.37 era in the Nippon Professional Baseball League. According to his scouting report on NPB Tracker, ) Wada has a three-quarters delivery. Wada is said to have good late movement on his fastball that has hit 91, but normally sits in the mid to upper 80s. The site also states that Wada has a solid-average slider and change up.
The author of the scouting report also claims that Wada at one point grew a reputation for being home run prone, but this problem has diminished over his professional career. Also, on the positive side is Wada's wife, swimsuit model Kasumi Nakane.
If you recall when the Boston Red Sox, signed Matsuzaka they also brought on board Hideki Ojakima. So let's not jump to any conclusions that Wada could be the Okajima, while Darvish is our Matsuzaka. ...but wouldn't that be sweet?
This morning the Royals were also reported to be pursuing lefty George Sherrill. last season Sherrill was dominate against lefties posting a 32:1 K:BB ratio. I know we already have a strong bullpen, but if the Royals can get Sherrill on a one year deal I would pounce. This bullpen really does have the potential to be dominating.
Nothing has happened yet, but the Royals definitely aren't done this off season. Stay tuned.