While he does not come with the price tag or the hype of some pitchers before him, Suk-Min Yoon will still be a nice get as a free agent for whichever team signs him. The Chicago Cubs, long thought to be a favorite to sign Yoon, are apparently out of the running now.
Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports the following:
The Cubs were among several teams scouting Korean free-agent pitcher Suk-Min Yoon in Arizona this week, but are unlikely to get into a bidding war for his services.
“Yoon threw a bullpen session for the Cubs and Rangers on Tuesday, according to mlb.com. The 27-year-old right-hander has drawn interest from teams looking for rotation help, but reportedly is seeking a multi-year contract out of the Cubs’ range.”
As Sullivan notes, Chicago’s situation changed once they signed Jason Hammel. If they signed Yoon, they would have him compete for their final spot in the rotation or perhaps use him out of the bullpen. With that role in mind, it makes sense that the Cubs do not want to commit to him in terms of the dollars and years typically received by Scott Boras clients (of which Yoon is one).
The Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles are reportedly among the other teams interested in Yoon. The Orioles, in particular, might have a spot in the rotation for Yoon.