The Orioles are definitely very interested in left-handed Korean outfielder Hyun-soo Kim. They've made him a two-year offer worth roughly $3-to-$4 million per year, according to several industry sources.
The Orioles like the soon-to-be 28-year-old because he is a lifetime .318 hitter in nine-plus seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization and has tremendous on-base skills (.406 lifetime on-base percentage). He also has some pop, hitting a career-best 28 home runs last year, though that may translate to about 15-20 homers in the United States.
The Orioles are sorely lacking a contact hitter, and last year he had 101 walks and just 63 strikeouts.
He plays left field, a sore spot for the Orioles – he'd probably be an adequate outfielder in the majors – and could even hit at the top of the Orioles order, if necessary.
So, what's the catch? The Orioles aren't the only team interested in him. An unrestricted free agent who can sign anywhere in the world, he's had some looks from other big-league clubs.
The San Diego Padres may have offered him a contract as well, teams in Korea want him to stay there, and they'd likely be willing to go beyond $3-to-$4 million for him.
The Orioles believe they have a chance at landing him. Several people have said he continues to make it known he'd like to test his skills against Major League Baseball talent. A decision could come fairly soon.