Cubs, Rays, Giants After Chan Ho Park

WEDNESDAY, 1:44pm: Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that the Giants like Park, but want him on a minor league deal.

MONDAY, 8:51pm: SI.com's Jon Heyman tweets that the Cubs and Rays are looking at Chan Ho Park, who relieved for the Phillies last season.

Park put up a mediocre 4.43 ERA last season after a 3.40 mark in 2008, though his walks and strikeouts stayed fairly steady. Park has been far better as a reliever in both seasons- a 2.52 ERA out of the bullpen in 2009, and a 7.29 ERA as a starter.

Park will be 37 in June, so he's certainly not worth a multi-year deal. But he's a fairly decent option in the middle of the game, and should provide bullpen depth for some team.


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64 Comments on "Cubs, Rays, Giants After Chan Ho Park"


NYBravosFan10
5 years 7 months ago

hopefully no Phillies fans see this. Seeing a former player being called “mediocre” will send them into a tailspin

myname_989
5 years 7 months ago

Do you look to start an argument in every thread? Lol

NYBravosFan10
5 years 7 months ago

lol, i was kinda kidding about this one but come on MLBtraderumors arguments are the best on the net

myname_989
5 years 7 months ago

Lol. I can agree with that. Nothing like a good debate. Haha

dodgers_suck
5 years 7 months ago

110% agree. sometimes i come here just to have a good argument.

Muggi
5 years 7 months ago

Man you are OBSESSED with Phillies fans.

Anyway, as long as the team can get it through his thick skull that he’s NOT a starter, Park will offer decent relief.

NYBravosFan10
5 years 7 months ago

not obsessed i just like making wisecracks and starting funny arguments. I really don’t have that much of a problem with Phillies fans I just find their buttons easier to push. Yankees and Red Sox fans are even better lol

Muggi
5 years 7 months ago

Heh I can respect that

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

He looked pretty good against the Dodgers in the LCS. Park is 37 almost? WOW time is going by quick.

PujolsHollidayWestbrook
5 years 7 months ago

It sure is…It doesn’t seem like that long ago that he gave up two grand slams in the same inning to Fernando Tatis…

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

It really doesn’t seem that long ago..

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

If the Cubs sign Park, it wouldn’t be good news. Unless they signed Orlando Hudson as well.

Mickeyblue
5 years 7 months ago

That makes no sense whatsoever

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
5 years 7 months ago

Actually Park’s numbers are deceiving. As a reliever he put up a 2.52 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 9.4 K/9, 3.25 K/BB, etc. So as a starter he’s awful, as a reliever he’s worth a look.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 7 months ago

Wasn’t he complaining about wanting to start, though?Seriously, players need to look into their own stats/splits sometimes.

Love that avatar, btw =P

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

That’s the key here.

You make it very clear that Park will be signed as a reliever. No chance of starting. If he is willing to accept that role then whatever team signs him could end up with a very solid late innings contributor.

As you point out, as a starter Park sucks. As a reliever … you could do a lot worse.

R_y_a_n
5 years 7 months ago

Cue the “Hendry will give this guy 3 years/24 mil posts”.

Thought I wouldn’t be surprised.

Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

hendry will give him 3years/24million dollars with 2 player options for 20MM

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

Dont forget the full no trade protection.

Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

But no really, why would the cubs want another starter who isnt front of the rotation material..they already have enough of back end guys in wells,marshall,samardijza, etc.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
5 years 7 months ago

Anyone who’s looking at Park is more likely to be looking at him for the bullpen.

Jiujitsu411420
5 years 7 months ago

Great so now the cubs might add another starter to the bullpen when they already have at least 4 others?…… Marshall,Gorzellany,Silva, and Samardzia

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

Yep, long-relief guys are apparently Hendry’s newest obsession :(

PS, dont forget Parisi.

baseballiq
5 years 7 months ago

I think he would be used as a reliever, much in the same role they were supposedly looking at kiko calero for

studio179
5 years 7 months ago

I was about to post Park’s name earlier today as someone the Cubs were interested in…and they are interested. Add his name to the list of Cub bull pen rumors.

The Cubs are worried about Calero’s health and want to give one year. He wants two.

justme
5 years 7 months ago

Just bargin hunting lil money hoping to find a useful bullpen hand to fill a void,probably a sign hendry is realizing with what he has to work with he is going have to settle,we have heard the cubs linked to half the players left out there…..best hope now is to hope we get one decent guy to fill one of many wholes and hope to get some luck and find a couple low cost guys who play better then expected.

wayne_gomes
5 years 7 months ago

Park was fantastic out of the pen last year. He did have some nagging arm problems though, unavailable some times for multiple days. I would love him back on the Phils but for some reason he has had his head set on finding a starting spot. He won’t get one, and I’m afraid they might have moved on without him with Baez and Contreras

disgustedcubfan
5 years 7 months ago

Damn it Hendry. Can you please stop bottom feeding and go after somebody who can actually make a difference. Do you really need another so-so middle reliever?

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

Park has been able to reinvent his career a few times. He was good out of the pen for the
Dodgers in 2008. He wanted to start last year, the phillies gave him his shot , it did not work out well. Some team could use him in middle relief, he would be perfect for the dodgers with all of the 5 to 6 inning or less starts there pitchers make.

NYBravosFan10
5 years 7 months ago

in all seriousness, this would be a good signing for either team. A solid bargain reliever that isn’t all that much worse than Calero and a hell of alot less money

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

this might be true if it werent for the fact that we have short relievers growing out of our ears in the minors while the team has the gigantic black hole on the bench. I just dont get it…

NYBravosFan10
5 years 7 months ago

take it from a guy who pays almost obsessive attention to the hot stove. Alot of the time a weird signing that overloads that particular area of the ballclub can sometimes mean that a trade is on the way…lol intrigued?

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

Not in the least.And honestly, if we traded young controllable with upside and league minimum salary players just to throw a couple million at a 40 year old with a questionable background (and without the closing capability that was said to be the trait we were looking for) for a position we dont desperately need… Well, read my Avatar (or whatever its called)Hendry, just say no to Park and upgrade the dang bench already before all the semi-passable upgrades are gone and we are stuck with the trash leftovers and the 4A fillers we currently control.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 7 months ago

Considering how you are an intelligent fan, I need not remind you that you’re pleading to Jim Hendry here =P.

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, I know :(

But lookie there – he can stumble upon the correct path every so often!

Woohoo for Nady!

(Hendry, now go get Winn!)

King Neebs
King Neebs
5 years 7 months ago

Who ever Park signs with hes going their, because he wants to start, not pitch out of the bullpen, thats why he wouldn’t re-sign with philly. He wants to start so that way his family in his native country can know when hes going to pitch, instead of hoping he pitches in a game.

markloretta
5 years 7 months ago

chan ho actually had a 2.52 era out of the bullpen last year.
his era is so inflated bc he allowed 27 runs in 33.1 innings as a starter..

PAHN
5 years 7 months ago

Chan Ho Park is a plus arm, no doubt. He’s still able to bring serious cheese as a reliever throwing up towards 97mph, NOT bad at all for a 37 year old. He’s in fantastic shape and good clubhouse guy. He’s actually not a bad starter if whatever team he’s on limits him to 5 innings. After that, he starts falling apart. Seriously, Chan Ho’s had a bad rap ever since he signed that big contract with the Texas Rangers. It’s not his fault he took the money. There are worse options out there. This guy is a former All-Star who still has a lot of baseball left. Personally I’m hoping that the Giants would sign him but Brian Sabean is an idiot who spent all our money on REAL crap like Renteria, Rowand, and Zito just to name a few.

MadmanTX
5 years 7 months ago

Whoever signs Park needs to have their collective heads examined. I still have nightmares from the too many years Park pitched poorly for the Rangers. He was a complete waste of money.

Sallier
5 years 7 months ago

Cubbies don’t even need middle relief help. They need a lead-off hitter.

cachhubguy
5 years 7 months ago

Fukudome had an OBP over .400 as a lead-off hitter. Leave him there.

Sallier
5 years 7 months ago

@ home leading off he was .481 away leading off it dropped to .325 so he averaged only .375 when leading off. Still not bad by most standards but nowhere near Ted Williams lead off stats… Obviously Lou doesn’t/didn’t feel comfortable with him leading off fut I do tend to agree with you; it just doesn’t seem to work right for Lou though.

darkdonnie
5 years 7 months ago

He would be a good signing if he stops being stubborn and realizes he can be successful out of the pen.

He was arguably are best BP arm last year…but stunk as a starter.

5 years 7 months ago

I have no problem with the Cubs getting Park as long as they’re only looking at him as a reliever. He’d be about the 8th or 9th best option to start for them imo. If he’s cheap enough and understands his role then fine. I wouldn’t pay him too much however, the Cubs have plenty of bullpen candidates as it is. Getting someone like Calero makes sense but Park only makes sense if he’s inexpensive, otherwise you couldn’t paid one of the minor league guys league minimum to do what Park could do.