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Orioles' increased international emphasis continues to pay off

While there have been some international hiccups during executive vice president Dan Duquette's time in Baltimore, there's no question that the overall impact of the Orioles' recent effort to expand their global reach has been positive.

We'll have to wait and see whether new pitcher Suk-min Yoon turns out to be a solid major league starter -- and, for that matter, we'll have to wait for Yoon to get medical clearance -- but the Orioles already have benefited greatly from their increased international focus, which dates to well before Duquette arrived in the front office.

The signing of Koji Uehara produced mixed results on the field under former club president Andy MacPhail, but he brought Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter to the Orioles in a trade with the Texas Rangers that obviously has paid off very handsomely.

Duquette signed both Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada prior to the 2012 season.

Though Wada turned out to be an expensive bust when his elbow gave out, Chen was the club's most consistent starter in 2012 and pitched decently in 23 starts in a 2013 season that was interrupted for two months by an oblique injury.

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