No Yoon. At least, not yet.
The Orioles have not reached a deal with free agent pitcher Suk-Min Yoon as of Wednesday morning, according to several source, despite Yoon’s Tweet that indicated otherwise.
Considered one of South Korea’s best pitchers, Yoon tweeted a photo of himself wearing an Orioles cap late Tuesday night and it quickly went viral. Baltimore is one of several teams with interest in Yoon and, while they may be the frontrunner for his services, there is no agreement in place.
The Orioles offseason has been inactive and caused a ton of bad publicity, particularly with a pair of physicals –in Grant Balfour and Tyler Colvin– voiding previous agreements and the organization will make sure everything is squared up if a deal with Yoon is reached before it becomes public.
Baltimore has yet to add a veteran starter that they badly needed and while Yoon would help with depth he’s certainly not the kind of big league grizzled innings-eater that fits the bill. Pitching in relief due to an injury last season, Yoon could be a starter or reliever for the O’s and went 3-6 with a 4.00 ERA and seven saves last season. His best pro season in South Korea was in 2011, when he went17-5 with a 2.45 ERA and the O’s have watched him workout, along with several others clubs, this winter and maintain contact with agent Scott Boras.