Jeff Passan reports that Suk-Min Yoon — 2011 MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization — has hired Scott Boras and could be posted in time to play in MLB next season.
It’s hard to gauge how a Korean pitcher would do here. Could he be early-vintage Chan-Ho Park? Could he simply be the equivalent of a decent double-A starter? I don’t know that there’s a big enough sample of KBO players who made the move to the majors to say anything super intelligent.
For now just know that he has a 93 m.p.h. fastball, what Passan calls a hard slider and what scouts say is an above-average change. In 172 1/3 innings this season he had 178 strikeouts and a 2.45 ERA.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.