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Oakland A's rumors: Hyun-soo Kim decision may come soon; Orioles, Padres have made offers

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After the Oakland Athletics took a long look at Korean outfielder Hyun-Soo Kim, the Baltimore Sun says he may soon decide whether he will make the jump to MLB or stay in the KBO.

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Korean outfielder Hyun-Soo Kim may soon reach a decision on whether he will jump from the Korea Baseball Organization to Major League Baseball, tweets Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The Oakland Athletics were reported to have taken a "long look" at Kim, according to Yonhap News Agency. Late Monday night, Connolly reported that the Orioles were believed to have made an offer "two years in length and in the $3 to $4 million range per season," according to one of his sources.

While CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Dubroff writes that an industry source believes Kim will likely stay in the KBO due to receiving better offers there, Connolly counters by saying Kim is eager to challenge himself in MLB:

Connolly also mentions the San Diego Padres as a team that may have made an offer, but there's been so little information coming out on Kim that nobody can say for sure who is in the lead.

With the A's considering their options for the outfield now and in the future, with Josh Reddick, Sam Fuld, and Coco Crisp (via buyout) reaching free agency after next season, I can only guess that the A's might consider a run at him in the context of payrolls right now around $77 million in 2016 and $66 million in 2017.

The A's have alternatives to consider after 2016. An extension for Josh Reddick may be on the table before next season is up. Down the depth chart are Jake Smolinski and Andrew Lambo, who I see as two good platoon bats. On the farm are prospects Matt Olson and Franklin Barreto as potential future starters.