Orioles reach two-year, $7 million deal with Korean outfielder Hyun-soo Kim

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Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have reached agreement on a two-year free agent contract with Korean outfielder Hyun-soo Kim. It’s believed to be worth $3.5 million per year, or $7 million total.

Kim, a 27-year-old left-handed hitter, registered a .318/.406/.488 batting line across 10 seasons with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization. He slugged a career-high 28 home runs this summer in the KBO while drawing 101 walks against 63 strikeouts.

Kim flew to the United States on Wednesday morning to work out the final details of the contract and to take his pre-signing physical. He fits the Orioles’ need for a left-handed-hitting corner outfielder, though it’s unlikely his power will fully translate. Or even partially translate.

This could turn into more of a depth signing than anything for the O’s.

Not every Korean is going to pull a Jung Ho Kang.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.