O’s apologize to S. Korean baseball organizations
The Baltimore Orioles have apologized to two South Korean
baseball organizations upset with the club over its contract with a
local high school pitcher.
The Korea Baseball Association said Friday that the Orioles
violated local rules that bar the signing of student players until
their graduation year. KBA officials said the Orioles signed
17-year-old left-hander Kim Seong-min last month.
Dan Duquette, Baltimore’s new executive vice president of
baseball operations, apologized to the Korea Baseball Organization
and the Korea Baseball Association for an ”unintentional breach of
protocol in failing to tender a status check in the process of
”The Orioles respect Major League Baseball’s recruiting
policies and the governing bodies and people that contribute to the
growth of baseball around the world,” Duquette said in a release
issued Friday night.
It’s unclear if the apology will affect the KBA’s decision to
ban Orioles scouts from attending its games.
Also Friday, the Orioles announced deals with right-hander Luis
Ayala and first baseman Nick Johnson, and designated outfielder
Matt Angle for assignment.
Ayala agreed to a one-year contract that includes a club option
for 2013. The 34-year-old reliever went 2-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 52
games with the New York Yankees last season.
Johnson received a minor league deal and was invited to spring
training. The oft-injured Johnson hasn’t appeared in a major league
game since 2010.