Reports: Yankees not among teams interested in Suk-Min Yoon

Fan Confidence Poll: February 3rd, 2014
Yankees' shaky infield defense a bad match for ground ball pitching staff

According to multiple reports this weekend, the Yankees are not among the serious suitors for Korean right-hander Suk-Min Yoon. The Orioles and Rangers are considered the favorites to land him with the Red Sox, Giants, and Indians also showing recent interest. It will reportedly take a two-year deal worth $10M to sign him.

Yoon, 27, threw for teams at UC Irvine last week and is traveling to Arizona for more showcase events. The Yankees were connected to him earlier this winter and agent Scott Boras said he specifically planned to talk to the team about the righty at some point. Yoon had some shoulder problems last year and isn’t overpowering, so he is expected to fill a bullpen role in MLB. The Bombers need bullpen help but are apparently unwilling to add more payroll following the Masahiro Tanaka signing.

Fan Confidence Poll: February 3rd, 2014
Yankees' shaky infield defense a bad match for ground ball pitching staff
  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    The Great Gonzo weeps.

    • The Great Gonzo

      Cashman failed by not signing all teh Asians.

      Also, Bob Dylan wants to sign him to make cell phones…

      /Super Bowl Ad’d

      • Dalek Jeter

        There’s nothing more american than america.

  • I’m One

    So this means that either Cashman is in full Ninja mode, or …. he failed.

  • JGYank

    Is he a FA or would he require a posting fee? Can Korean players be posted?

    You would think the Yanks would be willing to spend on a RP after going over 189. Maybe they can get a reliever off the scrap heap or get someone like Kelley.

    • Nefarious

      While a veteran bullpen arm would be nice they are such a volatile position that you can find them without handing them 5 million a season. Clay Rapada was effective one season and toast the next.

      • I’m One

        We also don’t know how set Yoon is on being a starter in the MLB. He may reject teams that view him as a RP uless he finds no offers from teams offering him a starting role.

      • JGYank

        Right. I’m sure they could pick up someone off waivers or something. It’s easy to build a pen compared to the rest of a team. But I’m surprised after going over 189 there are unwilling to add payroll. Might as well go all in now.

        • JGYank

          *they’re unwilling

    • steve (different one)

      I wonder how much of the reluctance to spend more is due to A-Rod coming back on the books next year.

      In other words, they will “only” be at $205M this year, but for their planning purposes, they have to treat it like $230M, which is where they have traditionally maxed out the payroll.

      I guess there is Kuroda and smaller deals like Ichiro/Soriano, but there isn’t a ton of payroll coming off the books next year, right?

      So if they went up to $230M this year, maybe they handcuff themselves next winter?

      I guess that shouldn’t stop them from pursuing more 1 year deals, but maybe takes them out for guys like Jimenez, Drew, etc.

      No idea, but when all else fails, it’s usually safe to blame A-Rod.

  • CashmanNinja

    I’m happy we’re not interesting. I see nothing special about this guy. I honestly believe he’s a future bullpen guy because he seems to constantly have arm problems. He doesn’t seem like a real guarantee to hit 100 innings. I think he could be solid in the pen, but he’s going to be paid as a starter and I just don’t see it.

    • The Great Gonzo

      How much of this are you guessing on?

      • jjyank

        Not that I’ve ever actually seen the guy pitch, but that’s the impression I get as well. Sounds like he has some injury concerns and doesn’t quite have over powering stuff. Maybe he could swing it as a starter, but if I had to guess, I’d guess bullpen as well.

        • I’m One

          So to answer Gonzo’s qusetion, “100%”. :-)

          • jjyank

            Hah, yes. We’re all going to be guessing here. We’re talking about a a foreign player who has never thrown an MLB pitch.

            Just saying that my impression has been that the consensus is that he’s a future bullpen guy.

  • Eselquetodolosabe

    I’m starting to agree with commenters who suggest that NY is done adding or subtracting to/from the roster, for the time being. And I now accept NY’s strategy – not that they were waiting for my approval. Until recently, I was one of the “sky is falling” guys because of the pen, but if you come back in off the ledge, and take a minute or one-hundred to think about it, you realize that NY’s roster has plenty of viable options for the pen. Minor leaguers looking to break-through and starters that lose out on a rotation spot. Add to that the yearly player movements and bargains that always take place intra and post-spring training, you begin to accept the obvious…..NY has a plan, and in spite of what many of us think, it’s probably a very good plan.

    • jjyank

      I agree with most of this. I’ve always been a “glass half full” sort of guy, and I do think that, at least in the area of the bullpen, things will work themselves out.

      • I’m One

        Yeah, while there isn’t a lot of veteran experience there, the team still has many options and BP arms always seem to present themselves during the season.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I don’t think they’re done, but I think they’re certainly done giving out bigger-type deals.

      The guys we talk about every day come to us if they come at a discount.

      They did more heavy lifting this off-season than I thought they would, or could. Yes, there are still holes, but there also aren’t many good solutions for those holes.

  • JGYank

    Rays lose Hellickson for about the first two months of the season. He wasn’t good last year and I’m sure the Rays have pitching depth so they should be able to survive that without too much trouble.

  • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

    Hopefully we’re still in on Koon.

  • Farewell Mo

    If the Yankees wanted a pitcher named “Suk”, they should just sign AJ Burnett.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      ….and cut!

  • CONservative governMENt

    Not sure how ‘not interested in this player’ gets immediately interpreted as ‘unwilling to add payroll’.

    Isn’t just as reasonable to assume they just aren’t interested (but otherwise are willing to add payroll)?

  • http://Lohid Anne

    I’d rather see them get infield help maybe Drew. Before spending on pen . I know it’s important but the pen always seems to sort itself out . I’m super concerned about the infield

  • sas

    Shoulder problems with a high 80s fastball. Yet Mike wants him because…I have no idea.

    • Mike

      Gotta catch em all