Monday, February 22, 2010

Yanks Sign Park

From Thomas Harding:
Right-hander Chan Ho Park, who pitched for the National League champion Phillies in 2009, announced early Monday that he has reached a one-year agreement with the World Series champion Yankees, according to Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

Park, 36, a native of Korea, made the announcement at Park 61, a fitness center he opened in Seoul after last season, when he went 3-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 45 games, including seven starts, for the Phillies.

The press conference occurred after 1 a.m. ET. The Yankees have not made a formal announcement. The contract is reported to be for $1.2 million, with incentives that could net an extra $300,000, provided Park passes a physical.
$1.5 million is not going to hurt the Yankee financially, but I really didn't think the Yankees were ready to hand over another MLB contract--shows what I know. If Park can handle the AL East and pitch like he did out of the pen for the Phillies last year this could be a big addition for the Yanks. There is also the chance he'll struggle like he did the first time around in the AL, although all that was as a starter.

He will be working out of the pen for the Yanks, so anyone concerned that the Yankees might make him a starter can rest easy. Here's a quote from Park, via Chad Jennings:
“I wanted to play for a champion-caliber team this year again,” he said. “I am not certain how much longer I will play baseball, but it will be huge experience and memory to play with the Yankees.”
What are your thoughts on the Yankees most recent move?

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