Latest on the O’s and free agency: Yoon, Burnett, etc
Although Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette declined comment on the rumored interest in Suk-Min Yoon at Saturday’s FanFest, the club has extended an offer to the right-handed pitcher MLB.com has confirmed.
Yoon, 27, is said to be coveted by at least five Major League clubs and the Scott Boras client is an intriguing international option in a free agent market with starters A.J. Burnett, Bronson Arroyo, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez still available.
Duquette—who didn’t rule out the O’s signing of more than one pitcher before camp— expected the dominoes to fall this week in regards to the rest of the starters. Of that group, the Orioles are still leaning more toward Burnett and Arroyo to avoid sacrificing a draft pick and that pursuit -adding a durable, innings-eating veteran— is independent of the club’s interest in Yoon.
“I want to say this: We have some more work to do this offseason,” Duquette said this weekend. “We are going to see what we can do between now and when the season starts. If we can get the work done that we’ve been trying to get done, I think we will have a very competitive team.”
What would Yoon add? The Korean righty has a fastball in the low 90s and was a member of the Kia Tigers’ rotation until a shoulder injury last year moved him to the bullpen. It’s unclear what his role would be if he signing with the Orioles —who still haven’t named a closer since trading away Jim Johnson— although Yoon has fared well as a starter. He pitched 325 1/3 innings from 2011-12 and posted a 2.77 ERA for the Tigers over that span.
Yoon is the latest notable Asian pitcher on the Orioles’ radar, with the club signing the now-departed Tsuyoshi Wada and Wei-Yin Chen —who is still part of the rotation— under Duquette. Yoon is also being scouted by the Cubs, Twins and Giants —according to various reports— with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporting that the Rangers will watch the righty’s bullpen on Tuesday.
The Orioles offer to Yoon was first reported by the Baltimore Sun.