Baltimore Orioles acquire Konner Wade from Colorado
The Baltimore Orioles sent international signing bonus slot money to the Colorado Rockies yesterday in exchange for minor league prospect Konner Wade. Neither team has formally announced the trade, however according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports, the deal is done. Wade is a RHP, who has a 4.05 ERA over five seasons in the Colorado organization.
This is another one of those “depth moves” by Dan Duquette and the Birds, which in theory shouldn’t make many waves. In fact, many folks are going to be more upset by the fact that they sent international signing bonus money away than are going to remember this trade in time. However just keep Konner Wade’s name in the back of your head, as he may be pitching at Camden Yards at some point next year.
This also might be a moot issue, as Wade is eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 draft next month. That would be my only question in terms of this trade, as the Orioles may well have just sent international slot money away for a player who will only be in the organization for a couple of weeks. That would be less than ideal.
Nevertheless, Wade is the former college teammate of Joey Richard at the University of Arizona. So there is a familiar face in the organization from his standpoint. Time will tell where this goes, if anywhere.