Major League Baseball will void the contract between 17-year-old left-hander Seong-Min Kim and the Orioles, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports. The move figures to improve relations between MLB and Korean baseball officials, and it won't prevent the Orioles from signing Kim at a later date.
Soon after the Orioles announced their deal with Kim on January 30th the Korea Baseball Organization and Korea Baseball Association bristled at the breach of protocol. Baltimore completed a deal with Kim before he completed high school, so he was suspended from playing or coaching in South Korea and the Orioles were banned from scouting KBO games. The Orioles issued a formal apology less than a week ago.