Successfully revived with 11 wins, but there is no team to look for?…”Question about physical condition”
Correspondent Yoon-Jun Ko = Michael Waka, who succeeded in reviving with a double-digit multiplier in 5 years, is not looking for a new team.
Waka, from the 1st round of the 2012 draft, received a lot of attention enough to win 17 times in St. Louis. In 2015, when he won 17 games, he was also named an All-Star.
However, shoulder pain steadily gripped his ankle, and his speed dropped significantly. During the 2018 season with the New York Mets, his earned run average soared to 6.62 and crashed.
Waka wore a Boston Red Sox uniform for one year and $7 million ahead of last season. Unlike before, Waka played the role of an ace in the first half with a record of 6-1 and an ERA of 2.69, and spent a season that exceeded expectations by recording 11-2 and an ERA of 3.32. 스포츠토토
Waka, who came to the market as a free agent, ranked 41st in the top 50 free agents selected by ‘MLB Trade Rumors (MLBTR)’. The Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels, and Baltimore Orioles showed interest in this, but no team actually signed him.
‘MLBTR’ said, “Waka had a good season, but last year, he was also on the injured list for 7 weeks due to shoulder inflammation. Considering the history of previous shoulder injuries, this is a concern,” he said, analyzing why the contract was not signed.
“Also, Waka is a player who lacks consistency. He’s a ‘good but not great’ player, and his long-term contract looks tough. He also has a strikeout rate of 20.2%, which is below average.”
It’s hard to come up with a good contract, but in the end Waka is very likely to find a new team. If an injury occurs to the pitcher during spring training, it is expected to strengthen the depth by recruiting him.