Posted February 03, 2014

Reports: Orioles, Rangers leading contenders for Suk-min Yoon

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Suk-Min Yoon is considered the Korean league's best pitcher. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Suk-Min Yoon is considered the Korean league’s best pitcher. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers are the leading contenders among four or five teams interested in Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon, according to the Korea JoongAng Daily.

Andrew Rickli of SportsReel Boston reports the Rangers are showing interest, especially following Derek Holland’s surgery for a knee injury.

The 27-year-old right-hander, considered the Korean league’s best pitcher, threw in a tryout for the Orioles and Giants on Saturday in California. Yoon reportedly was out to show MLB teams he is healthy amidst questions of his durability.

In nine seasons in Korea, Yoon has pitched 11 complete games and six shutouts in 1,129 innings, with an ERA of 3.19. He injured his Achilles’ tendon and right shoulder in 2009 following his second season as a starter.

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His career best — 17-5 record with a 2.45 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 2011 — earned him the league’s Most Valuable Player award.


13 comments
RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

Dudes face is flatter than Kelly Ripa's chest.

MrArlington
MrArlington

A 27 year old in the Korean League who is already showing signs of wear and tear? I wouldn't put much out for this guy. This is a coin flip.

gmag39
gmag39

Hello, the Twins have been pursuing this guy all along;  I wouldn't necessarily count them out... their money is green, too. 

ChadCollins
ChadCollins

I doubt he will sign in Baltimore. Im sure Boston or the Yankees will fire up their money machine and sign him of course

Willmac7496
Willmac7496

He's more of a reliever than a starter with his arm problems over the last few years.  But he should be a quality reliever, or an average starter depending on what he is used as.

rjfisher72
rjfisher72

Baltimore won't get him because their owner mandates they shop in the junk "bargain" bin for guys like Delmon Young. After all they initially signed Grant Balfour to a 2 year $15 million contract only to have that voided during the physical because of something they discovered in his arm. Angelos probably intervened and didn't want him signed to contract of that size. 

BBBigster
BBBigster

Just 3 years ago he went 7-18...  and was given nickname "unfortunate Ace".   Dude must been good enough to continue to get starts even as he lost bunch of games.  

johnct
johnct

@ChadCollins  

The Yanks and Red Sox are definitely not interested in shelling out for this second-tier pitcher.  Let the lesser teams get all delusional over this has-been...  Cheap Korean import.