Orioles confirm signing of Yoon


SARASOTA, United States: The Baltimore Orioles announced the signing of pitcher Yoon Suk-Min on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) after the former Korean Baseball Organization Most Valuable Player passed his physical exam.

MLB.com reported Thursday that Yoon had agreed to a three-year, $5.75- million contract with the Orioles, and the club said they would introduce him at a press conference at their spring training facility on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Yoon pitched nine seasons with the Kia Tigers in Korea and earned All-Star honors in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

He led the KBO in wins (17), earned run average (2.45) and strikeouts (178) en route to winning the league’s MVP award in 2011.

Yoon also captured the KBO ERA title in 2008 and has compiled a 73-59 record with a 3.19 ERA over his pro career.

The right-hander also led South Korea to its first-ever baseball gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a runner-up finish at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

The Orioles reportedly further bolstered their pitching on Monday, with FoxSports.com reporting they had agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez.

Jimenez helped the Cleveland Indians gain a surprise berth in last year’s American League wild card playoff game.

The Orioles did not immediately confirm the deal, which also depends on Jimenez’s passing a physical exam.



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