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Orioles' deal with Suk-min Yoon doesn't save offseason, but it sure helps

Zach Britton

The Orioles have agreed to terms with South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon, who will compete for spot in the starting rotation, but it would be premature to assume that he'll be in the starting five when the season opens.

It also would be a stretch to say that executive vice president Dan Duquette's latest international signing makes this offseason all better, but it certainly helps change the subject as the Orioles prepare to open workouts for pitchers and catchers at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Friday.

Yoon is an intriguing acquisition, but there's no way to predict how long it will take him to adjust to a major league routine or perform against major league competition. What he will do is deepen the pitching talent pool and make the competition for this year's rotation much more interesting.

So, maybe it's not all good, but it's good -- unless you're someone like left-hander Zach Britton, who will be on the rotation bubble this spring.

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