Kim, O's at standstill over Minors assignment

Kim, O's at standstill over Minors assignment

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles continue to be at a standstill regarding the status of outfielder Hyun Soo Kim.

Kim, whom executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said earlier this week would not break camp with the Orioles, will reportedly decline a Minor League assignment. Kim's agency issued an announcement with that news, which was reported by various Korean baseball outlets Thursday.

"Kim would like to see his contract honored and executed faithfully," the agency said in a statement addressing the reports. "He also hopes to receive fair opportunities to continue his career as a Major Leaguer with Baltimore."

"It was a razor-thin roster call choosing another player given Kim's distinguished track record," Duquette said in a series of text messages to MLB.com. "It is a short transition period to adjust to coming to Baltimore. I wish we had more time.

"In Korea, the pro clubs train for 10 weeks to prepare for season, but here just half that time. The Orioles are happy Kim is on board but feel the player needs more at-bats to prepare for the season, which unfortunately we don't have right now in Baltimore. And it is the reason the club requested the player consider an optional assignment. We recognize player rights, and we are glad to have him in [our] organization. We all look forward to his contributions to the club after Kim has more time to adjust to his new surroundings."

Kim was signed to a two-year, $7 million deal this offseason and has the right to reject an assignment to the Minor Leagues. The Orioles -- obviously still hoping Kim changes his mind -- have met with him numerous times to discuss his future with the club. It's believed Kim wants to stay in North America and prove himself, but that could change. The two sides presumably have until Sunday, when the Opening Day roster must be set.

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.