Yoon Suk-min May Play Second Fiddle as Orioles Sign More Pitchers

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Competition for a spot in the starting rotation of the Baltimore Orioles is likely to get tougher for pitcher Yoon Suk-min after two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana signed a one-year minor league contract with the club on Tuesday.

The Venezuelan agreed to a US$3 million deal, excluding incentives if he gets bumped up the majors.

The Orioles have one too many pitchers vying for a spot in their starting rotation. Local media expect Ubaldo Jimenez, who joined the club from the Cleveland Indians, and Chris Tillman and Wei-Yen Chen, who were starters for the Orioles last season, to occupy the first three spots.

The remaining two places could go to any of eight pitchers -- Brian Matusz, Bud Norris, Kevin Gausman, Miguel González, Santana, Steve Johnson, Yoon and Zach Britton.

As the arrangements for his U.S. work visa are progressing slowly, it is uncertain whether Yoon will be able to pitch in the spring pre-season match against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.

CBS Sports predicted his role with the club this season would be mostly as a "long relief pitcher."

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 06, 2014 09:59 KST