The Dodgers inked a couple pitchers to minor league deals yesterday, Ji-Mo Lee and Hyang-nam Choi. The 22-year-old Lee was released by the Lotte Giants in 2008 and recently changed his first name "for good luck." Nice. Dodgers' Assistant General Manager of Scouting Logan White claims he has "two types of pitches that are already at a Major League level."
Choi, a 38-year-old journeyman, seemed close to signing a minor-league deal with the Cardinals this January but it looks like the signing might have fallen through because of issues with the posting system. Choi has spent the last two years also pitching for the Lotte Giants, but appeared in the Indians organization in 2006, where he posted a 2.37 ERA and a 103/35 K/BB ratio in 106.1 IP. The East Wind-Up Chronicle says he may not have a powerful arsenal but does have a black belt in Taekwondo.