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Cubs unlikely to land Korean righty Suk-Min Yoon

Feb 5, 2014, 8:23 PM EDT

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The Cubs were among the teams that scouted Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon earlier this week in Arizona, but it doesn’t appear as though the free agent right-hander will be heading to Wrigleyville.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has heard from sources that the Cubs are turned off by Yoon’s desire for a multi-year major league contract and are “unlikely to get into a bidding war for his services.”

Yoon, who has been represented by Scott Boras since he won the Korean Baseball Organization MVP in 2011, is also believed to be drawing interest from the Rangers, Orioles, Giants, Dodgers, and Twins.

The 27-year-old converted to the bullpen last year following a shoulder injury, but he’s had great success in the past as a starter. Yoon posted a 2.45 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 172 1/3 innings for the Kia Tigers in 2011.

  1. theeperspective - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Its tough to tell with guys from overseas because they have never faced the MLB rosters day in and day out. Its even tougher when said player is coming off of shoulder surgery. I don’t see the Orioles committing many years or $$$ for that matter to a guy that’s coming off of shoulder surgery. Not to mention he would still need to take a physical and I’m sure his shoulder will look less than stellar in their eyes. I’d put my money on the Dodgers just because they took Ryu and he’s been successful for them. They also have deep pockets and are willing to take risks.

  2. m3dman3 - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    And they thought they would land Tanaka lol, how cute.

  3. jonmarkbarre - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    hey why don’t *YOU* Suk-Min Yoon?

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    you can count the bluejays out too

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