O's consider releasing Kim from contract

Club would allow projected Opening Day LF to return to South Korea

O's consider releasing Kim from contract

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles have reportedly had internal discussions about releasing Hyun Soo Kim from his contract and allowing him to return to South Korea.

According to a report Saturday night from FOXSports.com, the organization has had some early talks about the matter, though executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said, "I don't know if we're there yet," when asked if that situation was possible.

Kim, who signed a two-year, $7 million contract this winter, started his Grapefruit League campaign 0-for-23 and is batting .182 in 48 Grapefruit League appearances.

Initially projected to be the O's Opening Day left fielder, Kim would have to agree to a move back to South Korea, which would be similar to what the organization did with right-handed pitcher Suk-min Yoon in 2014.

Rule 5 Draft pick Joey Rickard has been impressive this spring, prompting debate on whether he should get the starting nod over Kim, though Grapefruit League stats can be deceptive.

Additionally, Orioles reliever Dale Thayer opted out of his contact on Saturday.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.