If it's true that Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon has decided to leave the Orioles organization one year into a three-year deal and return to South Korea, you can be sure that Dan Duquette and the club's front office will take some criticism for bottom-feeding the international talent market.

That's not warranted, especially with the success of Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and the promise of Cuban outfield prospects Dariel Alvarez and Henry Urrutia.

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If you want to blast the Orioles for not spending $30 million for the latest Cuban sensation, go ahead, but they aren't built to do that and they shouldn't be.

Duquette and his staff have expanded the scope of the organization's international coverage, but the Orioles are correct to wait for MLB to institute a global draft to moderate salaries and take away the huge economic advantage of the large-market franchises.

Yoon was a gamble the Orioles could afford to take, as was Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada, who also failed to pop while he was in the organization.

They have won some and they've lost some, but they are smart not to take chances that could cripple the club's ability to compete for foreign talent in the future.

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