Throughout the 2013 season, the Minnesota Twins experimented with 11 different starting pitchers with only three of those 11 posting an ERA below 5.19. Needless to say, the Twinkies starting rotation could use a major facelift. With a major spending increase for the 2014 offseason, the Twins can afford to do a little shopping.
Minnesota has recently expressed interest in signing Korean free agent Suk-Min Yoon. The 27-year-old has never pitched in the Major Leagues (playing for the Kia Tigers since 2005), but could be a great deal considering Yoon will not require a posting fee.
Like other MLB teams interested in Yoon, the Twins would likely look to use him as a starter. Yoon’s 2013 season was unfortunately not as successful as some of his past. In 2011, Yoon led the Korean Baseball Organization with 17 wins, 178 strikeouts, and a 2.45 ERA.
For the Twins, signing Yoon really comes down to the question of why not? The current starting rotation is so atrocious that it really can’t hurt to throw someone else into the mix. Not having any Major League experience could prove to be an issue for Yoon, but his success in the 2008 Summer Olympics (leading South Korea to the gold medal) shows that he is capable of thriving under pressure.
Yoon’s most recent statistics are enough to cause skepticism, and this is why the Twins should not limit their interest to Yoon. Signing Yoon would show that the Twins are serious about attempting to salvage their struggling rotation, but their major concern should still be to sign a proven ace for the 2014 season. There are a handful of talented pitchers that are fair game, including Tim Lincecum and and former Twin Matt Garza, and it would be a mistake for the organization to miss out on signing a big name pitcher while the funding for it exists.
Caroline Ponessa is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @RantCaroline