With the recent signing of international superstar Masahiro Tanaka by the New York Yankees, other teams are looking to follow their footsteps and sign a star from overseas to be a game-changer. The Texas Rangers could be the next team to do so with Korean superstar pitcher, Suk-min Yoon.
The 27-year-old pitcher from Korea has been widely considered the best pitcher in his own country and one of the hottest commodities on the free agent market. While no one will trump the international signing of Tanaka this offseason, the Rangers could make a solid case for the No. 2 international signing.
In case you haven’t heard of Yoon, you are not alone. He is a lesser known international player, but his name has come up a lot lately and the Rangers and Baltimore Orioles are the favorites to land him.
Why do I believe the Rangers are the likely favorites?
Well, if you look at the unfortunate dog-related accident that took out starting pitcher Derek Holland‘s meniscus, the Rangers are desperately looking for another pitcher to fill in. With spring training right around the corner, the Rangers have to be in somewhat of a desperation mode to try and find the next starter to fill Holland’s spot.
Source: #Rangers are interested in FA Suk-Min Yoon. Interest intensified once the injury to Holland happened.
— Andrew Rickli (@AndrewRickli) February 3, 2014
Suk-min Yoon can be a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter, likely a No. 3 or No. 4 pitcher, that can give the Rangers a much-needed replacement. Yoon has pitched in nine seasons in Korea, accounting for 11 complete games, six shutouts, over 1,000 innings and he has posted a 3.19 career ERA.
If there is any team in desperation mode to land him, it’s the Rangers.
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