Duquette on Yoon

As I wrote earlier, the Orioles have agreed to release Suk-min Yoon from his contract at his request. The club will save about $4.3 million per an industry source and Yoon has signed a four-year deal with the Kia Tigers of the KBO.

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette held court on the Yoon situation and confirmed that the club has no further financial obligations to Yoon, who had two more years left on his original three-year contract.

“We thought that Suk-min Yoon could develop into a decent pitcher here, but it didn’t work out,” Duquette said. “Some of [international signings] are going to work, some of them aren’t going to work. The good part of this is that this didn’t work, but we were able to correct the mistake, if you will, and we have that money to available to invest in other players.”

Duquette said Yoon’s camp approached the Orioels about this about a month ago and the two sides have been hammering out the details.

“He was down here throwing, getting ready for Spring Training, and his former team, I think, really wanted him back,” Duquette said. “Kia was the team he played with before, and he was a franchise player for Kia before he signed with the Orioles.”

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