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February 4, 2014

Rumor Roundup

What Can Yoon Do for You?

by Daniel Rathman


Rangers interested in Korean free agent Suk-Min Yoon
Korean free agent Suk-Min Yoon, a 27-year-old right-hander who pitched for the Kia Tigers last year, has been a forgotten man this offseason, but he could provide a boost to the back of a team’s rotation or bullpen. Clubs unwilling to shell out big bucks for Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana might view him as a desirable option as the winter winds down.

Reports out of Korea on Saturday indicated that Yoon held a 30-pitch workout for scouts from the Giants and Orioles on the campus of the University of California, Irvine. The Giants are an unlikely suitor for Yoon, having already added Tim Hudson to their rotation and brought back both Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong, but the Orioles are expected to find a way to bolster their starting staff in the coming days.

According to Andrew Rickli of SportsReel Boston, though, they will need to compete with another suitor: the Rangers, who are still hoping to pad their rotation after losing Derek Holland to a knee injury earlier this winter. Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net, who translates Korean-language reports via Twitter, relayed one on January 28 that suggested that four teams have already tendered contract offers to Yoon and that two of them are in serious talks with him. Shawn Ferris of OutsidePitchMLB shared another report from Korea JoongAng, which identified the Orioles and Rangers as the frontrunners.

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