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Breaking: Baltimore Orioles Agree to Terms with Korean RHP Suk-Min Yoon

February 13th, 2014 at 9:18 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles have finally made a marquee free agent signing as several outlets report that the O's have agreed to terms with free agent Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon, of course pending a physical.

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CBS Sport Jon Heyman broke the news first, click here to view his report.

Heyman reports that the word is Yoon is in good shape to pass the physical, but when it comes to the Orioles, you never know until the deal is actually signed.

Baltimore has been in the "Yoon sweepstakes" from the beginning and have been considered the front runners for most of the offseason per several Korean news outlets. That became more evident this week when Yoon tweeted a picture of himself wearing an Orioles hat with the caption "ta-da."

MASN's Roch Kubatko reported on Twitter that Yoon's deal is a three year deal worth $5.75 million plus performance incentives for games started. The exact final details will not be available until the deal is official.

So who is this guy?

Yoon is a is a former Korea Baseball organization MVP, winning the honor is 2011 after going 17-5 with a 2.45 ERA, and followed it up in 2012, with a 3.12 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 1.9 BB/9, and 0.53 HR/9 in 153 innings pitched.  He was 3-6 with a 4.00 ERA and seven saves last year. He has experience as a starter, reliever and closer, so he is versatile, although the initial thought is that he will be the Orioles fifth starter, but will certainly not be handed the job.

You may be asking yourself why he all of the sudden worked out of the bullpen some in 2013 after a good two-year stretch? Well Yoon dealt with a shoulder injury which limited him to 11 starts with a 4.16 ERA, as well as 19 relief appearances with a 3.60 mark. 

He is not going to be the ace of the staff, but there is a chance he could solidify the fifth spot in the rotation for the Orioles. His presence will make it harder for guys like Steve Johnson and Josh Stinson to make the 25-man roster out of Spring Training.


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