A day after multiple reports indicated the Cubs were on hand to watch RHP Suk-Min Yoon throw a bullpen session at the Rangers’ facility in Surprise, Paul Sullivan reported the Cubs are unlikely to “get into a bidding war” for Yoon’s services. Sullivan reported the multi-year contract Suk-Min Yoon is looking for is “out of the Cubs range” and the Cubs are unlikely to sign him.
The Cubs are one of many teams reportedly interested in signing Suk-Min Yoon. The Orioles and Rangers are looking at him as a way to fill a void in their starting rotation. Baltimore has been looking to sign a starting pitcher all winter and Texas is a starter short due to the injury Derek Holland suffered earlier in the off-season.
Suk-Min Yoon’s 30-pitch bullpen session went very well Tuesday. Yoon threw for the Rangers and Cubs after working out last week in California for the Orioles and Giants. The Orioles and Rangers are thought to be the frontrunners to sign Yoon in a field of teams that is believed to include the Cubs, Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers.
Sullivan included in his report that the Cubs rotation is almost set. Once the deal with Jason Hammel becomes official he will be slotted into the fourth spot in the rotation with Jake Arrieta the leading candidate for the fifth spot.