As many as five teams are still showing interest in Korean right-hander Suk-Min Yoon, according to Sang-Soo Kwon of Korean news outlet JoongAng Daily (hat tip: MyKBO.net's Dan Kurtz). According to Kwon, the Orioles are the front-runners to sign Yoon at this point, but the Rangers, Cubs, Twins and Giants have interest as well. The Orioles and Giants reportedly attended a workout held by Yoon at the UC-Irvine campus over the weekend.
Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports (on Twitter) that Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette wouldn't confirm the team's interest in Yoon when asked on Saturday, but he also didn't deny any of the reports. The Orioles have added a pair of notable Asian players in recent years, inking Tsuyoshi Wada and Wei-Yin Chen to multi-year deals. Kwon also points out Duquette's history of Korean additions from his days as GM of the Red Sox; Boston inked lefty Sang-Hoon Lee, right-hander Sun-woo Kim, right-hander Seung-Joon Song, and infielder Tae-in Chae.
Tim Dierkes provided Yoon's Free Agent Profile here; http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/10/f ... -yoon.html
He's being labeled as the second best starter to come out of the KBO, behind Hyun-jin Ryu. Ryu signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for $36MM for six years, and he rewarded them with a nice rookie season; http://www.baseball-reference.com/playe ... hy01.shtml . Although those stats look good at first glance, remember that that pretty 3.00 ERA is supported by a 2.32 ERA in cozy Dodger Stadium. Also, remember that he is pitching in a league with no DH in a division that is considered one of the weakest in baseball(4th/6th in winning percentage). A less talented Ryu, in the American League, let alone the American League East, while in Camden Yards half the time, may not be the prettiest. That being said, I'd project him at being a back of the rotation pitcher, similar to Bud Norris. I'd still love to add a twenty seven year old korean starting pitcher for cheap without draft pick compensation.