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Orioles officially announce signing of Suk-min Yoon

Feb 17, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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The Orioles officially announced the signing of South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon this afternoon. As it was reported late last week, he agreed to a three-year, $5.75 million contract.

The pre-signing physical was the last thing standing in the way of the deal becoming official today. And that has been anything but a formality with the Orioles this winter, as deals with Grant Balfour and Tyler Colvin were both nixed due to issues raised during their physical exams. However, Yoon apparently checked out just fine, even though he dealt with some shoulder issues last season.

Here’s an announcement from Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette:

“We are excited to bring Suk-min Yoon to the organization. He has been a top pitcher in the Korea Baseball Organization and has pitched successfully in international competition. We look forward to his contributions to the Orioles.”

Yoon, 27, posted a 3.19 ERA over nine seasons with the KIA Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization and took home Most Valuable Player honors in 2011. He saw his performance and velocity drop off after participating in the World Baseball Classic last year, posting a 4.00 ERA and a 76/28 K/BB ratio in 87 2/3 innings between the rotation and the bullpen. It’s not clear yet how the Orioles intend to use him.

  1. goskinsvt - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    O’s are desperate for pitching. There’s a decent amount of upside here for very little money.

  2. musketmaniac - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    with a name like his, and Expectations/possible turmoil. This better work out

  3. Kevin S. - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    How would the Os know who the best players in the KBO are? Or have their passports been cleared again?

  4. mdpickles - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    This guy’s name sounds like a dirty act.

  5. thebirdsareback - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    CHEN.0 and ya’ll dont even know it! The Orioles are going to look a lot better this season. New Pitchers, New Looks, Same historic defense with an energized, young fan base, Solid power throughout the line-up and young talented depth with tremendous upside (Schope, Urrutia, Rodriguez, Gausman, Bundy, S. Johnson) They’ve made upgrades to the bullpen with Webb, Yoon, Aceves (admittedly, all three are coin flips) But with all the power and defense we bring, we will never be an easy out this season. I wouldnt be too pessimistic about this squad this year, they will be in the mix starting March 31st against the Champs. Bring It.

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