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Feb 222010

MLB.com has the story, the Yanks have brought in the Korean native on a 1 year deal:

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.

As a low risk depth move, you can’t complain too much about it. Last time we saw Park he was throwing gas (95-96 MPH) out of the Phillies bullpen with good control. But I’m in the camp that thinks the Yanks will be better served by an extra bat on the bench rather than an extra arm in the bullpen, and it appears that’s out the window. As things stand right now, our bullpen will be

Mo

Joba/Hughes

Damaso Marte

Dave Robertson

Alfredo Aceves

Chad Gaudin

I have to think that Park will make the MLB roster, so that means Melancon, Albaladejo, Gaudin and Boone Logan all get bus tickets to Scranton in a few weeks. Not that it’s any surprise, but I was hoping Melancon would make the team. Given his lack of use when he was called up last year and his subsequent lack of control, they probably feel MM needs to pitch, which I can’t argue with.

12 Responses to “Yanks sign Chan Ho Park”

  1. where do u think mitre ends up?  (Quote)

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    Steve S. Reply:

    Whoops! That’s a typo. Mitre goes to AAA and Gaudin is the long manM  (Quote)

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  2. He will definitely make our pen. His overall numbers for ’09 are deceiving. If you check his splits last year as a SP vs RP…as a SP he had an ERA of 7.29 and 1.74WHIP. As a RP his ERA dropped to 2.52 and had a WHIP of 1.18 (He also struck out 52 batters in 50IP as a RP). Taking it one step further, after June he allowed only 5ER in 30IP.  (Quote)

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  3. With this signing it surely looks like Chad Gaudin is a goner unless he shows he can get lefties out this spring.  (Quote)

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    eddieperez23 Reply:

    I’d much prefer we keep Gaudin and dump Mitre.  (Quote)

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  4. Excellent move . Saw Park pitch frequently in the playoffs and he was quite effective in short spurts, with a pedigree to pitch 2-3 innings if needed. Still see Gaudin as the first to join the rotation when the situation arises.  (Quote)

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  5. As much as I disagree with it, I think this means that the Yankees are strongly considering sending Hughes to Scranton.  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    FWIW, Joel Sherman said this morning that right now, they are not considering it.  (Quote)

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    EJ Fagan Reply:

    FWIW is a pretty big qualifier there.

    Basically, one of Mitre/Gaudin or Hughes/Joba has to go. Let’s hope its Mitre.  (Quote)

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    bornwithpinstripes Reply:

    never..  (Quote)

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  6. Oh please let this be the end of Sergio Mitre. Please!  (Quote)

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    bornwithpinstripes Reply:

    girardi loves him…don’t understand it…  (Quote)

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