Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:26 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 8:50 pm

Report: MLB to void Orioles' contract with Korean

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Major League Baseball will void the Orioles' contract with 17-year-old Korean pitcher Seong-Min Kim, MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko reports.

The Korean Baseball Association announced last week it had banned Orioles scouts from attending games in the country after it felt like the Orioles had broken an agreement not to sign players that young.

The Orioles later issued an apology, claiming ignorance of the "breach of protocol."

The Orioles singed Kim to a minor-league contract on Jan. 30 that reportedly included a $550,000 bonus. The Korean Baseball Organization said the Orioles didn't contact MLB first to receive clearance from the KBO to begin negotiations.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:48 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 3:22 pm

Wednesday's rumors: Cespedes, Rollins and more

Hot Stove
By C. Trent Rosecrans

While we all wait for tomorrow's 5:30 p.m. ET coronation of Bobby Valentine as the new manager of the Red Sox, here's the latest roundup of rumors, tidbits and other goings on around the baseball world -- or at least the internet part of it.

South Korean right-hander Chong Tae-Hyon is trying to decide between staying in his home country or joining the Orioles. The 33-year-old has been an All-Star in Korean and is a free agent for the first time. He's gaining plenty of interest in Korea, but would likely get a multi-year deal and a spot on the Orioles' 40-man roster, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The Orioles are also joining the sweepstakes for Cuban outfielder Yoennis Cespedes, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com writes.

Speaking of Cespedes, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo watched him work out in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes. He notes the Nationals were in attendance at a showcase for Cespedes in early November, before the now-famous video was released.

Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison will meet with a doctor this week to determine if he needs surgery on his right knee, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post writes. Morrison said he twice ran into walls, including one incident that required five stitches to close a cut.

Infielder Adam Kennedy has agreed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers worth $800,000 to serve as a left-handed bat off the bench and a utility player. Kennedy spent 2010 with the Mariners, hitting .234/.277/.355 with seven home runs. (Orange County Register)

The Giants are looking to move either Jeremy Affeldt or right-hander Ramon Ramirez,Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports. The team picked up Affeldt's $5 million option for 2012. Ramirez is in his third year of arbitration and should get a bump from the $1.65 million he made last season. Right-hander Sergio Romo is also arbitration-eligible.

If somehow the Cardinals don't end up re-signing Albert Pujols, the team could look to sign Jimmy Rollins to fill its hole at shortstop, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes. However, the team is stuck in a holding pattern until Pujols makes his final decision.

The good news for White Sox fans is that the team is cutting some of its ticket prices -- however that may be in anticipation of "gutting" the team, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. The team doesn't expect to get Mark Buehrle back and could look to trade lefty John Danks before he reaches free agency.

The Phillies announced they'd signed eight players to minor-league deals with invites to spring training, including right-hander Scott Elarton, infielder Pete Orr and outfielder Scott Podsednik

And, finally, to go back full circle to Valentine and the Red Sox, sources told WEEI.com's Alex Speier that after Terry Francona got the ax, Red Sox officials told at least one player that the team wasn't going to hire "someone like Bobby Valentine." Perhaps they forgot to add, "but maybe the real Bobby Valentine." ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote that Red Sox players are already none too happy about the hiring, complaining about some of the things Valentine said about them on the air as ESPN's analyst. 

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Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:28 pm

Korean pitchers eyeing MLB

Suk-Min YoonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The posting system isn't just for the Japanese players anymore, as two Korean pitchers may try the posting route to the big leagues, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.

Right-hander Suk-Min Yoon and left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu have hired Scott Boras and may look into becoming the first players posted from the Korean Baseball Organization.

Yoon was the MVP in 2011 and also stared in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Yoon won the pitching triple crown in 2011, going 17-5 with a 2.45 ERA with 178 strikeouts in 172 1/3 innings. He also had a save and batters hit just .223 against him. In 2009, he went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in the World Baseball Classic, appearing in four games and striking out 13 in 16 innings.

Yoon, 25, could chose against posting and come to the United States next season as a free agency.

Ryu, 24, could either post or come to the big leagues as a free agent in 2014. Ryu is 6-foot-3, 210 pounds and was 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in five appearances at the World Baseball Classic in 2009. He was the winning pitcher against Cuba in the gold medal game of the 2008 Olympics.

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