Minor Moves: Yoon, Campana, Moylan, Beimel, Kotchman

Here are some of the minor moves that went down over the last two days:

  • The Baltimore Orioles have released Korean-born right-handed pitcher Suk-min Yoon, the team announced. It had previously been reported as early as yesterday morning that the two sides were working towards a contract settlement that would allow Yoon to pursue a contract back in Korea. According to multiple Korean sports outlets, Yoon signed a four-year deal with the KIA Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), worth $8,200,000 over four years. Spending the entire 2014 campaign with the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate at Norfolk, the 28-year-old right-hander pitched to a 5.74 ERA, along with a 2.58 K/BB rate and a 6.3 K/9 rate, in 95 and 2/3 innings pitched over 23 games (18 starts).
  • The Chicago White Sox have released outfielder Tony Campana, the team announced. Campana signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox this past November, hoping to make the big league team out of spring training. However, during offseason workouts last month, Campana tore his ACL and is expected to miss the entire 2015 season.
  • The Atlanta Braves have signed right-handed submarine pitcher Peter Moylan to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The 36-year-old Aussie-native is only about 11 months removed from his second Tommy John surgery (first back in 2008 with Braves), which he has said he will try to recover from by the end of spring training. Moylan last pitched in the major leagues back in 2013, where he recorded a 6.46 ERA in 15 and 1/3 innings pitched over 14 appearances out of the bullpen for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • The Texas Rangers have signed left-handed relief pitcher Joe Beimel to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, the team announced. The 37-year-old southpaw pitched for the Seattle Mariners last season, recording a 2.20 ERA, along with a .182/.217/.288 line against from right-handed hitters, in 45 innings out of the bullpen.
  • The Kansas City Royals have signed first baseman Casey Kotchman to a minor-league deal, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. The 32-year-old hasn’t played in the major leagues since 2013, where he had 20 hitless at-bats over six games for the Miami Marlins. Over his ten-year major-league career with the Los Angeles Angels, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians and the Miami Marlins, posting a hitting line of .260/.326/.385 with 71 home runs and 388 runs batted in.

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