With two teams in the running for the services of Suk-min Yoon of Korea... we could be seeing the Red Sox pick this 27 year old international free agent up. The Twins appear to have bowed out and the other team in discussions was the Red Sox... so if I read this right we could be signing this player very soon.
This would work along with the push the Sox are making to get imbedded into the Asian market this year. The Sox made a deal with a Korean team earlier this month to specifically get better access to Korean players and I think this will be the first deal that comes from those efforts.
[January 29, 2014 at 12:40pm CST]
WEDNESDAY: The Twins aren't inclined to meet agent Scott Boras' asking price at this time, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.
5:16pm: South Korean hurler Suk-min Yoon is engaged in talks and could sign soon, according to a Naver Sports article (Korean language link, via a tweet from Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net). The 27-year-old righty has reportedly fielded four offers from MLB clubs, and is in discussions with two of the offering teams.
Yoon landed at 36th on MLBTR's Tim Dierkes's list of the top fifty free agents. Though he is said to offer substantially less upside than fellow Korean Hyun-jin Ryu of the Dodgers, Yoon is said to be the next-best arm to come out of the KBO. As Dierkes explained in his profile of Yoon, the hurler has experience both as a starter and as a reliever.
The most recent reports indicated that the Red Sox and Twins both have interest in Yoon, who is not controlled by any KBO club and is therefore a free agent. While Yoon's value remains difficult to assess, Dierkes gave his best guess as a two-year, $10MM deal.
The Red Sox have invested considerable time into the Asian market this offseason. The team agreed to a special information exchange deal with the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization last week. The deal will give the Red Sox access to scouting information from the KBO. In exchange for the information, the team will provide farm system development strategies to the Heroes.