The Orioles originally wanted outfielder Hyun-soo Kim to accept a demotion to the minor leagues to begin the season, believing that he needed a bit more time to adjust. But Kim, as is his contractual right, resisted such an assignement.
As a result, the Orioles thought things over and added him to the roster after all, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. The Orioles were otherwise looking at the possibility at simply eating his $7 million salary for nothing.
Kim struggled in spring training, racking up only eight hits — all singles — in 45 at-bats. He was quite the power hitter in the Korean Baseball Organization, ripping 142 home runs over parts of 10 seasons.