The Cubs were among the teams that scouted Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon earlier this week in Arizona, but it doesn’t appear as though the free agent right-hander will be heading to Wrigleyville.
Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has heard from sources that the Cubs are turned off by Yoon’s desire for a multi-year major league contract and are “unlikely to get into a bidding war for his services.”
Yoon, who has been represented by Scott Boras since he won the Korean Baseball Organization MVP in 2011, is also believed to be drawing interest from the Rangers, Orioles, Giants, Dodgers, and Twins.
The 27-year-old converted to the bullpen last year following a shoulder injury, but he’s had great success in the past as a starter. Yoon posted a 2.45 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 172 1/3 innings for the Kia Tigers in 2011.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.