Orioles And Rangers Considered Finalists For Suk-Min Yoon
Korea JoongAng reports the Orioles and Rangers are the leading candidates to sign Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon.
The right-hander–who is likely to sign in the next couple days–compiled a 15-7 record, 3.63 ERA, and 211 strikeouts in 220 innings in the Korean Baseball Organization in 2009 and 2010 before taking home KBO MVP honors in 2011 when he posted a 2.45 ERA.
Yoon features a fastball in the low-to-mid 90’s from a three-quarter delivery, a slider, and what most scouts consider a swing-and-miss changeup. Although he has experience as both a starter and reliever, it’s almost certain he’d be a back end of the rotation option for the Orioles–who’ve been searching for starting pitching all winter–and the Rangers–who recently lost Derek Holland for a few months due to knee surgery.
A Scott Boras client, teams have had a difficult time reaching Yoon’s asking price this offseason. The 27-year-old has been courted by a variety of teams, including the Twins, Cubs, Indians, and Red Sox, but unless someone else steps up soon, it looks like Yoon will be pitching in either Baltimore or Texas in 2014.
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