Red Sox target Suk-Min Yoon is headed to the United States according to Korean news outlet Arirang (via MLB Trade Rumors).
Peter Gammons mentioned earlier this week that the Red Sox are interested in adding Yoon to their already extensive pitching depth. The 27-year-old right-hander has experienced a great deal of success in the Korea Baseball Organization, once even achieving the Triple Crown in his 2011 MVP season. He has performed well in international competitions as well, throwing 28.1 innings of four-run ball between the 2006 Asian Games, 2008 Olympics, and 2009 World Baseball Classic.
The door for Yoon may have been opened some by the success of Hyun-jin Ryu in Los Angeles, though Ryu's performance in the KBO as far back as 2010 are on an entirely different level. Bidding for Yoon should not approach the $61 million that it took the Dodgers to lock up Ryu between posting fee and contract.
The real problem for the Red Sox, though, is that they're just not a very attractive destination for a player like Yoon. Yes, they are World Series Champions, but at 27, Yoon has to be looking for a team with a clearer path for him to make the majors. As it stands, the Red Sox have not only a full major league rotation and bullpen, but an entire backup rotation worth of strong prospects in the upper minors and a fair few relievers ho have been pushed into the bullpen by those starters.
The Red Sox certainly seem to believe the old adage that you can never have enough pitching. And there's wisdom to that. But at some point there's just not enough incentive for the pitchers to fight through such a mass of competition just to get off the bus and into the big leagues.