Orioles sign Japanese lefty Wada

The Baltimore Orioles signed left-handed year contract on Wednesday.

The deal includes a club option for 2014.

The 30-year-old Wada went 16-5 with a 1.51 ERA with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League this past season.

Wada went 107-61 with a 3.13 ERA and 1,329 strikeouts in 210 career games (207 starts) over nine seasons with Fukuoka SoftBank.

Wada, who was named the 2003 Pacific League Rookie of the Year, pitched in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Games, and also helped Japan to the 2006 World Baseball Classic championship.