Hyun-soo Kim is a Baltimore Oriole


The Baltimore Orioles keep on getting (potential) greatness for the low this off-season. After all but stealing Mark Trumbo from the Mariners, and resigning Darren O'Day (for a price that some could argue was lower than expected), the team picked up Korean left fielder/first baseman Hyun-soo Kim. Kim, 28, is coming off a great season for the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization. Last year, in a somewhat hitter-friendly league, Kim batted .326/.438/.541 and is, per some reports, known for his batting discipline. Batting discipline has been, in some ways, a problem for the Orioles in the past. That's especially true with slugger Chris Davis placing in the top-ten for strikeouts in MLB history over the past couple years. 

Of course, the KBO is incredibly hitter friendly, so his numbers may come down a bit. However, it's a great pickup for a cheap price (about $7 million for two years). And, it leaves room for the O's to go after a couple other players (hi Chris Davis, remember Baltimore?), particularly a power-hitting player and a top-of-the-rotation pitcher. The O's didn't sign David Price, but they're still making moves this offseason. Even if things don't look as outright promising as they do for some other teams, don't count out Baltimore in the regular season--even if Crush leaves (if he stays, then people should, ya know, watch out).

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