Colby Lewis

Free agents from Japan, South Korea could be fits for Orioles in rotation, outfield

Free agents from Japan, South Korea could be fits for Orioles in rotation, outfield

While the upcoming posting and free agency of two-way Japanese star Shohei Otani is one of the premier developments in baseball, the Orioles might be dipping into a less-publicized international market for reinforcements this offseason.

When executive vice president Dan Duquette broke down the team's need to rebuild its rotation at the end of the regular season, he equated it to the 2012 plan, when the team ended up with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen from the Japanese NPB and minor league free agent Miguel Gonzalez out of the Mexican League.

Additionally, the team's signings in recent years of Tsuyoshi Wada, Suk-min Yoon and outfielder Hyun Soo Kim — though none ended happily —...

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