Byung-Hyun Kim Rumors

Minor Moves: Byung-Hyun Kim, Brian Bass

We'll keep track of today's minor moves right here…

  • Byung-Hyun Kim signed with the Nexen Heroes of the KBO for $437K, according to a link from the Yonhap News Agency passed along by Dan of MyKBO.net. Kim, who's still just 32, has a 4.42 ERA with 8.6 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9 in parts of nine MLB seasons. He famously allowed game-changing home runs to Tino Martinez and Scott Brosius in the 2001 World Series. Kim last appeared in the Major Leagues in 2007.
  • Former big leaguer Brian Bass signed with the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO for $300K, according to a Naver Sports article passed along by Dan of MyKBO.net. Bass, 30, has a 5.16 ERA with 5.1 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9 in 183 innings over the course of three seasons with the Pirates, Orioles and Twins. The Pirates granted the right-hander free agency after the 2011 season, but he last appeared in the Major Leagues in 2010.

Quick Hits: Maine, Minaya, Meche, Maroth, Kim

The Yankees signed Andy Pettitte on this date in 2009. The Bronx Bombers added an accomplished pitcher today, but it wasn't Pettitte; they're still waiting to hear from the left-hander. Here are some links for Wednesday…

  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that free agent starter John Maine is throwing bullpen sessions and is auditioning for teams (Twitter link). The 29-year-old right-hander had his shoulder cleaned up last summer.
  • Mets GM Sandy Alderson has not had any contact with former GM Omar Minaya since early January according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Alderson indicated that there was a position available for his predecessor, assuming he wants it. 
  • Tyler Kepner of The New York Times wrote about the legacy of Gil Meche.
  • Former Tiger Mike Maroth told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that he's retiring. Maroth started 100 games for the Tigers from 2003-05, but the left-hander's elbow has caused problems since. He last pitched in 2007 for the Cardinals and Tigers.
  • The Rakuten Golden Eagles have announced the signing of Byung-Hyun Kim, according to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker. The 32-year-old spent nine seasons with the D'Backs, Rockies, Red Sox and Marlins, posting a 4.42 ERA with 8.6 K/9 as a starter, closer and reliever. He allowed memorable home runs to Paul O'Neill and Tino Martinez in the 2001 World Series.
  • Alex Speier of WEEI.com hears that the Red Sox aren't likely to sign any more pitchers to major league deals this offseason.
  • The Royals edged out the Rays, Braves, Blue Jays and Phillies in Keith Law's organizational rankings at ESPN.com.
  • Royals GM Dayton Moore explains to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick that he intends to turn the Royals into a "consistent, solid, thriving organization" by continuing to develop young players.
  • Mets GM Sandy Alderson told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin that he would like to avoid arbitration with R.A. Dickey and remains open to a multiyear deal with the knuckleballer.

Odds & Ends: Kim, Dukes, Adrian

Links for Thursday…



Odds & Ends: Wedge, Nats, Marlins, Webb, Tejada

Some links for Saturday..

  • Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer hears that Eric Wedge is taking this year off by choice.  The former Indians skipper, who is still under contract with the club for one more year, was connected to the Mets' bench coach job for a while.
  • The strong play of Nats rookie shortstop Ian Desmond could bump Cristian Guzman from the starting lineup, writes Bill Ladson of MLB.com.  However, it  will be difficult for Washington will find a taker for Guzman's $8MM salary.
  • Newly acquired Dodger Garret Anderson knows that he's fighting for a very limited role with club, writes MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.  Anderson played in 135 games for the Braves last season, hitting .268/.303/.401 with 13 HRs.
  • Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that Giants pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim has the right to opt out of his contract on March 15th if he doesn't think he'll make the 25-man roster.  The 31-year-old – who last pitched in the majors in 2007 – signed a minor league deal with San Francisco in February.
  • Bobby Valentine told Marlins beat reporters that he was never spoke with club owner Jeffrey Loria about managing the team, writes Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.  Bobby V said the speculation was unfair to skipper Fredi Gonzalez, who led guided Florida to 87 wins and a second-place finish in the NL East.
  • Arizona GM Josh Byrnes said that the club wants to look at internal candidates first if Brandon Webb is unable to start the regular season, tweets MLB.com's Steve Gilbert.  Byrnes added that the club, as always, will keep an eye on the waiver wire as Spring Training winds down (also via Twitter).
  • Despite the impressive play of Josh Bell, Miguel Tejada will be the Orioles' starting third baseman barring a "dramatic" event, writes Peter Schmuck of The Baltimore Sun.  The O's signed Tejada to a one-year, $6MM deal in late January.
  • Joe Posnanski takes a look at the history of the Rule 5 draft.  Fun Fact: The Rule 5 draft goes back more than 100 years.

Giants To Sign Byung-Hyun Kim

The Giants agreed to a minor league deal with reliever Byung-Hyun Kim, reports ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.  Kim last pitched in the Majors for the Marlins in '07.  He signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Pirates in February of '08, but was bought out a month later for $300K.

Kim, now represented by Paul Cobbe, spent most of the last few years "re-charging" in South Korea.


Odds & Ends: Bumgarner, Rangers, Kim

Links for Tuesday…


Pirates Acquire Tyler Yates From Braves

10:23am: Byung-Hyun Kim‘s gone, in the accompanying move.  So is Jaret Wright, according to RotoWorld.

8:40am: Dave O’Brien was right – the Braves chose Tyler Yates as the out of options reliever to deal.  They sent him to the Pirates today for a minor league hurler named Todd Redmond.  On Monday, O’Brien said he expected the Braves to trade one of Scott Thorman or Brayan Pena as well.

Yates, a 30 year-old Hawaiin, has a solid 8.3 per nine innings strikeout rate in his 162 inning career.  He needs to work on his control though. Yates was drafted by the A’s and dealt to the Mets in the Dave Justice deal.  Baseball America says he began ’04 as the Mets’ fifth starter but was shortly converted to relief.  He missed the ’05 season with rotator cuff surgery.  His acquisition may push Jaret Wright or Byung-Hyun Kim out of Pittsburgh.

Redmond, 23 in May, was ranked as the Pirates’ #27 prospect by Baseball America.  They note his "outstanding control" but lack of dominant stuff.  BA believes he profiles as a middle reliever in the long term.


Byung-Hyun Kim Signs With Pirates

According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have signed Byung-Hyun KimIt’s a Major League contract worth $850K, with another $1MM in incentives.  He’ll be used only in relief.  The Giants had been interested, but Kim didn’t want a minor league deal with them.

The 29 year-old Kim whiffed 107 in 118.1 innings in ’07, winning ten games.  But he also posted a 6.07 ERA.  He earned $2.5MM for his efforts.


Byung-Hyun Kim Signs With Pirates

According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have signed Byung-Hyun KimIt’s a Major League contract worth $850K, with another $1MM in incentives.  He’ll be used only in relief.  The Giants had been interested, but Kim didn’t want a minor league deal with them.

The 29 year-old Kim whiffed 107 in 118.1 innings in ’07, winning ten games.  But he also posted a 6.07 ERA.  He earned $2.5MM for his efforts.


Giants Make Offer To Kim

According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants offered a minor league deal to free agent Byung-Hyun Kim.  Schulman’s source believes Kim is holding out for a big league deal.  Gutsy move, for a guy who posted a 6.08 ERA last year. 

The following hurlers had to settle for minor league deals: Tony Armas Jr., Kris Benson, Brendan Donnelly, Jorge Julio, Rudy Seanez, and Steve Trachsel.  It’s hard to see where Kim is coming from, if the Schulman report is accurate.  You’d think Kim would just be anxious to get to camp and start working.  In his defense, he is 29 and whiffed 107 in 118.1 innings last year.