Yankees Sign Chan Ho Park

The Yankees offically signed pitcher Chan Ho Park to a one-year, $1.2MM deal.  He can earn another $300K in incentives.   Kang Seung-woo of The Korea Times first reported the agreement a week ago. 

At his press conference in Korea, Park said he was leaning toward the Cubs until recently, as they were willing to let him battle for a rotation spot.  The Yankees' "history and championship contention" won out, and Park will join their bullpen.  Joel Sherman of the New York Times says Yankees GM Brian Cashman lobbied ownership to expand the payroll for Park, but now Chad Gaudin or Sergio Mitre could be traded.

Park, 36, posted a 2.52 ERA, 9.4 K/9, and 2.9 BB/9 in 50 relief innings for the Phillies last year.  The Type B free agent was not offered arbitration by the Phils, but they did reportedly make a $3.25MM proposal.


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164 Comments on "Yankees Sign Chan Ho Park"


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Russell210
5 years 4 months ago

Great decision by Ho Park. Cubs to Yanks is a big jump.

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crunchy1
5 years 4 months ago

Most Cub fans think this is a great decision too. We’d rather see aging middle relievers take up someone else’s roster space.

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Russell210
5 years 4 months ago

Perception meets reality:

link to fangraphs.com

There is a reason why the Cubs haven’t won in 4,786,381 years.

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Macfan1
5 years 4 months ago

LOL

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crunchy1
5 years 4 months ago

Yeah, and the reason is that they don’t sign guys like Park. A Yankee fan gloating about acquiring Park…absolutely brilliant. Well, you can have him. CHONE has him at a 4.39 FIP, translating to a 4.50 ERA — all in relief. Those pitchers are a dime a dozen.

And who cares about the Cubs not winning a championship since 1908? How does that affect me? I like baseball, but I don’t center my self-image around the team I root for. Try that stuff with a teenager.

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Russell210
5 years 4 months ago

You sound upset. And your projections are based off relief and starting. Self image? You need a chill pill.

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crunchy1
5 years 4 months ago

Upset? From that bush league stuff? You give yourself too much credit. But you do seem to be having some trouble with comprehension. I’ll make things simpler for you.

The CHONE projections are based on 53 Games and zero started…4.39 FIP. Read it again. Like I said…you can have him.

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Russell210
5 years 4 months ago

Is it that time of the month?

Here’s a little Cubs genius to feed off for a little while:

link to chicagonow.com

I can forward you the 4th grade reading level translation if you would like.

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Macfan1
5 years 4 months ago

Wow dude, you sound quite bitter about something.

No Yankee fan is gloating about Park, its stated he is a veteran arm for a middle inning most nights.

He doesn’t determine anything for the Yankees in 2010.

I don’t see why you even comment on Chan Ho Park if he is irrelevant trash. I would just ignore him.

Kind of like the Cubs trading for Carlos Silva, who cares. :)

Its not that serious at all. Chan Ho Park will not determine the Yankees success or failure in 2010, and that is the point all along about his signing.

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crunchy1
5 years 4 months ago

Not bitter at all…some of the comments on here are weak and I probably should have ignored them, but I think, for the most part my comments are being misread or taken out of context. If anything I’m relieved. Some of us Cub fans were worried we’d be using our limited resources on marginal (at best) bullpen upgrades. If you read some of my later posts, I’ve stated the reasons why I believe Park (or any other middle reliever) is not a good fit for the Cubs at this time. Whether he’s a good fit for the Yankees isn’t something I’ve delved into at all. They’re in a different situation than we are.

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Macfan1
5 years 4 months ago

Fair enough, you were speaking more from a perspective of a Cubs fit on their roster.

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tr2008
5 years 4 months ago

you are still covering yourself by saying park is “marginal (at best)” this is wrong. you dont even need to go thru all the numbers that the pro- park and con- park people trot out. chan ho park was literally the ONLY reliable bullpen arm for the NL champs last year and carried the Phillies thru october from a bullpen perspective. I’m willing to bet his ERA was sub 2.00 in the 2nd half of last year, dont have the numbers in front of me. you may have missed this being that the cubs were out of it by july and you stopped paying attention.

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crunchy1
5 years 4 months ago

Park is a marginal UPGRADE at best over what the Cubs already have in their bullpen. And I don’t think ERA and a small second half sample size is something to hang your hat on anyway. I’m looking at the overall picture. Per CHONE, the Cubs have about 4-5 relievers who project a better FIP than Park in 2010– and all make less than the 1.5M he’ll probably get. I’m relieved the Cubs will go with cheaper, internal options in the bullpen. If you like Park, fine. If you’re a Yankee fan who thinks this is great, fine. I just didn’t want him for the Cubs.

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crunchy1
5 years 4 months ago

Park is a marginal UPGRADE at best over what the Cubs already have in their bullpen. And I don’t think ERA and a small second half sample size is something to hang your hat on anyway. I’m looking at the overall picture. Per CHONE, the Cubs have about 4-5 relievers who project a better FIP than Park in 2010– and all make less than the 1.5M he’ll probably get. I’m relieved the Cubs will go with cheaper, internal options in the bullpen. If you like Park, fine. If you’re a Yankee fan who thinks this is great, fine. I just didn’t want him for the Cubs.

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WaveHimHome
5 years 3 months ago

I can’t believe there is this much talk, this much fixed opinion, and this much energy to argue on the subject of Chan Ho Park. It’s hilarious. No one in the Cubs organization is devastated by Park’s decision and not a single Yankee is breathing a sigh of relief. This meant nothing to anyone. Just stop, people. Really.

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tr2008
5 years 4 months ago

you are still covering yourself by saying park is “marginal (at best)” this is wrong. you dont even need to go thru all the numbers that the pro- park and con- park people trot out. chan ho park was literally the ONLY reliable bullpen arm for the NL champs last year and carried the Phillies thru october from a bullpen perspective. I’m willing to bet his ERA was sub 2.00 in the 2nd half of last year, dont have the numbers in front of me. you may have missed this being that the cubs were out of it by july and you stopped paying attention.

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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

When he relieves, he’s actually very very effective. When he starts, he is the least bit effective.

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jakeyonkel
5 years 4 months ago

Not so brazen prediction: he’s their LaTroy Hawkins of 2010. Traded by June after he flops.

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peterherman
5 years 4 months ago

Good pickup for the pen. I would not have minded him staying in Philadelphia.

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Ferrariman
5 years 4 months ago

Well this came out of left field

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PRKnight
5 years 4 months ago

Alright good pickup, just another arm for us.