I'd rather see the Twins sing him instead of the usual 30-some suspects they use to fill the Rochester rotation.
His first name is pronounced "Sook", btw
Chatted with someone with the Twins who has seen Yoon, but isn't the point man on this scout/negotiation.
Really liked Yoon in 2010. Fastball (94), nasty slider (87) and a curve and change to boot. Since then has battled injuries (lost velocity) and attitude issues and went from front line prospect to back-of-the-rotation type. Expects him to "get paid like a 4".
Says he's talented and signable, but is more "lottery ticket" than anything. Nothing about Ryu, but says there is hope for a "Iwakuma-type revival" (which wouldn't be terrible, imo).
This line sums it all up: "Better than what we got? Sure. Am I real psyched about it? Eh...."
His workout is going to really determine everything. I would assume - at the least - that his deal tops the deal the Orioles gave Tsuyoshi Wada (2 yr/$8.15m plus a $5m team option) as a 30-year old in 2011.
I floated 3/$20 out earlier today and I think, with Boras, that's a decent place to start.
Says he's talented and signable, but is more "lottery ticket" than anything.
Nothing about Ryu, but says there is hope for a "Iwakuma-type revival". This line sums it all up: "Better than what we got? Sure. Am I real psyched about it? Eh...."
According to Jeremy, the bidding would start with Boras at 3/$21 for a pitcher with shoulder issues and declining velocity, who they already acknowledge is at best, a "lotto ticket".
Further depressing this whole scenario, should Suk prove to be "signable" at $21M (which would be the second highest FA Twins signing, ever), this would, in fact be trumpeted by the FO as THE Big Splash of the offseason (ala Correia), certainly not merely the "AAA depth-seeking" that you proffered.
Yes, I would question their competence yet again should they go down this path. The Twins have a recent history of casting high-priced players aside, and only reinvesting a smaller percentage of those freed-up dollars back into the club's payroll- with the payroll dropping substantially in both 2012 and 2013. Given the Twins will have freed up only $18-$23M from the 2013 payroll number (depending on what happens with Pelfrey) and forecasting falling revenues in 2014, they would likely only spend enough, in addition to Suk, by getting another retread/bargain bin SP as the secondary signing. Highly unlikely, that in addition to signing Suk, that they will seriously go after another top arm who legitimately projects as top-of-the-rotation potential.
The fact that the top current target for this team seems to be an Asian pitcher who's performance has regressed for 3 straight years should tell us all that we need to know about this horrible franchise. We already have plenty of fringe starter/bullpen arms. We'll continue to debate crap like this while other teams spend more money to sign superior talent and we will still spend a couple grand to buy tickets and eat food at the stadium and hope to have a competitive team in 2015 or 2016. Stop the farce and wake up. Ownership does not care more than winning just enough to keep the business cash flowing.
The team is gonna go watch him. Nowhere did anyone suggest he's a "top target". What I posted was one guy's view, and the perception that I get is that he's simply a pitcher that's on the radar (along with many others).
My best guess is that some other team will like him more. And people will complain the team was too cheap to get him.
I think too many people are overlooking the fact that this guy is only 27. It's not like he's a 35-year-old who is losing velocity due to age. He's had some shoulder problems. It's reasonable to believe he could rebound from his health woes and return to his form of a couple years ago, when he was one of Korea's premier talents.
I'm sure that's why teams will take an interest in him (and I'm also sure that's the idea that Boras will be pushing hard).