Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 2/10/12
Under the direction of new general manager Dan Duquette, the Orioles have spent the better part of this offseason making inroads in Asia. They signed Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada to a two-year, $8.15 million deal in December, and then inked Taiwanese southpaw Wei-Yin Chen to a three-year, $11.3 million hitch in early January. For a rebuilding team looking to bridge the gap between itself and the AL East powerhouses, wading in the talent pool across the Pacific is a sound strategy. Wada and Chen do not have star-level potential, but both could be solid contributors at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, the Orioles went a step too far when they brought in 17-year-old amateur lefty Seong-Min Kim from South Korea on January 30. The Korean Baseball Organization immediately raised hell about the signing, and on Thursday, the Korean Baseball Association informed the Orioles that their scouts are no longer welcome at KBO games.  KBA rules prohibit international teams from yankin...
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