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"


Russell210
5 years 6 months ago

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

crunchy1
5 years 6 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.

Russell210
5 years 6 months ago

Perception meets reality:

link to fangraphs.com

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

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

LOL

crunchy1
5 years 6 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.

Russell210
5 years 6 months ago

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

crunchy1
5 years 6 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.

Russell210
5 years 6 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.

Macfan1
5 years 6 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.

crunchy1
5 years 6 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.

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

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

tr2008
5 years 6 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.

crunchy1
5 years 6 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.

crunchy1
5 years 6 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.

WaveHimHome
5 years 5 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.

tr2008
5 years 6 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.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

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

jakeyonkel
5 years 6 months ago

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

peterherman
5 years 6 months ago

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

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

Well this came out of left field

PRKnight
5 years 6 months ago

Alright good pickup, just another arm for us.

inleylandwetrust
5 years 6 months ago

i thought this bum was done…but i guess not

care_bear
5 years 5 months ago

We shall see. I can see him being another carl pavano or kevin brown. The Yankees: where the stars of yesteryear come to die…

MorrisParkMetfan
5 years 6 months ago

If the Mets would of sign this guy there would be nothing but more Met jokes but since its the Yankees then all good in the world

riverahammerofgod
5 years 6 months ago

maybe, but park would upgrade the mets shaky pen.

omar likes to sign bad players

Redding
5 years 6 months ago

yes it would have been a joke for the Mets because they would have signed Chan Ho as a starter. Park is a good reliever so good move by the Yankees.

maristmetsfan
5 years 6 months ago

Completely agree, it would go something like this…
FIRE OMAR! The last time this guy was really good was before the millenium! We had him a few years ago and he was terrible. Another instance of signing a guy coming off an uncharacteristically good year. He’ll be worse than jorge julio. Absolutely terrible, he’s old and has no upsided. Omar sucks, the wilpons suck, the mets suck, and oh yeah (insert your favorite team) is so much better than the mets and i feel bad for all you mets fans.
That sounds about right…

Zack23
5 years 6 months ago

Park would have been the Mets best offseason pitching acquisition, Park is now 4/5 on the bullpen depth chart for the Yankees.
Do you see the difference?

By the way 1.25m for Park or 1.25m for a guy who’s pitched 5 innings over the last 2 seasons (Escobar)?
That’s why Omar gets bashed.

maristmetsfan
5 years 6 months ago

who has the higher upside, park or escobar? i’m not saying park is a terrible reliever, but metgiantfan is right, this would have been laughed at just like the barajas signing is being laughed at. I also dont think the mets have done a good job this offseason, they completely neglected the rotation. but the bullpen needed an overhall, and park would not have done that. Escobar and igarashi have the potential to creat a very good pen along side feliciano and k-rod. yet escobar’s health is a question mark, basically more risk but more reward.

Zack23
5 years 6 months ago

Yes it would have been laughed at because once again, it would have been the Mets #1 pitching acquisition. If they signed a starter or two THEN added Park then it wouldnt be laughed at because its a depth move.

How can you say Escobar has more upside? He has 5 innings in the last 2 seasons

maristmetsfan
5 years 6 months ago

I can easily say he has more upside, I dont know how you can even deny it. Upside has nothing to do with health. yes i understand he has been injured. but if he is healthy he has the ability to be better than park. Look at the year before he was injured, he was very good. much better than any of park’s recent seasons. The upside is in the IF he’s healthy. No one was giving park a starting job this offseason, not even the mets, they have better in house options than him in nieve, niese, and maybe takahashi.

Zack23
5 years 6 months ago

Even if he is healthy, doesnt mean his stuff is the same. If he’s the same pitcher as before, except in a bullpen role, then yes he’s better than Park. I think we need to seperate upside with realistic outcome.

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

Does it even matter, Escobar is playing a bigger role on the Mets roster than Park will on the Yankees roster. Hence the difference right there.

The Mets are counting on using Escobar as what “their setup man” or something, Park is not sniffing that anywhere close to the Yankees bullpen, he is at the back of the pen, way back.

Can’t say the same for Escobar

From the Daily News about Escobar

“Escobar, who recently was shutdown with shoulder weakness, said he won’t pick up a baseball until he’s cleared by rehab coordinator Chris Correnti, who is charged with evaluating his shoulder strength. Still, Escobar expressed little concern about being ready for Opening Day, or about the rigors of pitching regularly in the back end of the bullpen, the NY Daily News reports.”

Enough said right there.

putzoo
5 years 6 months ago

Frankie K-ROD last season…3and 6 -371ERA -7 blown saves. Maybe the Mets should of signed him.

5 years 6 months ago

The Mets had him back in 2007. Wasn’t pretty.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 6 months ago

I like this signing. Gives them some bullpen depth and keeps them from relying too heavily on young arms out there. Also wouldn’t mind Mitre getting traded, but Gaudin has slightly more value.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 6 months ago

Nah, keep Gaudin. I’ve always been a big supporter of using average starters in the bullpen, as it usually translates to success there. Mitre just needs to go. The love that Girardi and the coaching staff have for him is completely confounding.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 6 months ago

I would also prefer to keep Gaudin. Just saying he is (unfortunately) more likely to be traded than Mitre given that he actually has the ability to get people out.

Jonathan Gallo
5 years 6 months ago

If we trade Chad Gaudin I will be pissed! Mitre is garbage, but you can’t have too much pitching.

infamouso
5 years 6 months ago

I’m a New Yorker first and foremost. The Yankees are my team, but I do root for the Mets on the National League side. That said, the Yanks should throw the Mets a bone and give ’em Mitre for that 8 feet of wall they’re tearing down in Citi Field.

infamouso
5 years 6 months ago

I’m a New Yorker first and foremost. The Yankees are my team, but I do root for the Mets on the National League side. That said, the Yanks should throw the Mets a bone and give ’em Mitre for that 8 feet of wall they’re tearing down in Citi Field.

gs01
5 years 6 months ago

BaseballRef shows he threw 83.1 innings with a 4.43 .era which one is it?

JD
5 years 6 months ago

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.

Key words are relief innings.

He’s very solid as a reliever and not so much as a starter. This is a good signing by the Yankees. He’s proven as a reliever and you could definitely do worse as a #5 spot starter. Basically a no-lose situation for the Yankees considering it’s only a 1/1.5 mil investment.

His stuff is still solid, especially out of the bullpen, and the peripheral statistics back that up.

markjsunz
5 years 6 months ago

Beckett has a lifetime 4.05 ERA with the red sox and they call him an ace, the Red sox should have signed Park as a starter.

ReverendBlack
5 years 6 months ago

Greinke 553.2 IP 149 ERA+
Halladay 710.1 IP 141 ERA+
F. Hernandez 629.2 IP 133 ERA+
Lackey 563.2 IP 129 ERA+
Sabathia 593.1 IP 129 ERA+
Beckett 587.1 IP 126 ERA+

markjsunz
5 years 6 months ago

What is the point?

ReverendBlack
5 years 6 months ago

Greinke 553.2 IP 149 ERA+
Halladay 710.1 IP 141 ERA+
F. Hernandez 629.2 IP 133 ERA+
Lackey 563.2 IP 129 ERA+
Sabathia 593.1 IP 129 ERA+
Beckett 587.1 IP 126 ERA+

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

“BaseballRef shows he threw 83.1 innings with a 4.43 .era which one is it?”

As a

Starter – 1-1, 7.29 ERA, 33.1 IP, 41 H, 27 ER, 5 HR, 17 BB, 21 K, .311 BAA (7 Games)

Reliever – 2-2, 2.52 ERA, 50.0 IP, 43 H, 14 ER, 0 HR, 16 BB, 52 K, .231 BAA (38 Games)

crunchy1
5 years 6 months ago

Thank you Yankees for taking another mediocre reliever off Hendry’s radar! Maybe you can sign Calero too. That would leave Hendry with no relievers coming off a career year that he can overpay.

studio179
5 years 6 months ago

I’m on board with that, too. Park is an option for someone’s pen. You can use solid, decent, mediocre, average to describe him. The Cubs do not need another pen guy with one of those descriptions. They have plenty of young arms that can post Park’s year end numbers and for less than the 1.2MM. They can save that money and the Theriot arbitration savings for a better need around July if they are in the race. Park choosing the Yankees over the Cubs saves Hendry from himself!

crunchy1
5 years 6 months ago

Exactly…Park isn’t a bad pitcher in relief, just mediocre… he just isn’t a difference maker in my opinion. And if he isn’t going to make a difference compared to the guys we have now, why bother? But the really scary part is we were offering him a chance at starting! I’m sure we’ll go bump the offer up to Calero now because the Cubs seem determined to add a veteran relief guy. It wouldn’t bother me if someone signed him first either. I just don’t see anyone out there that will change the makeup of our bullpen in a meaningful way.

studio179
5 years 6 months ago

I was fine with the Cubs signing Calero when the offseason began. They wanted a veteran presence and I thought the price would be right. Knowing Hendry would sign a pen guy, I figured it would be a cheap, little signing. I was wrong. He wanted more money than I thought and a two year deal. Even Hendry balked! They ended up signing Grabow out of the gate anyway.

Now I hope Hendry continues to pass on Calero or any other pen guy still on the market. One encouraging thing is I heard Hendry saying there is not much quality left out there on the FA market, but he still wants a pen guy. So I guess he’s thinking trade and the Heath Bell rumors start back up. Ha!

crunchy1
5 years 6 months ago

I think a trade midway into the season makes some sense. Let’s see what we’ve got with these young arms. There will be plenty of teams shopping relievers (i.e. Toronto) come May or June. And unless the Padres unexpectedly contend, they should make Heath Bell available by then too. If the Cubs bullpen flops, they should be able to get an arm or two by then. It’s not that I don’t think the Cubs wouldn’t be able to use Calero or even Park, but I wonder if it’s wise to spend that money now. What if they turn out to be mediocre (which wouldn’t be a surprise) and not any better than our young arms? Then we’d have given up another 2M from our already stretched out budget for little to no upgrade…you have to wonder if that would hamstring our ability to make a more meaningful deal later.

crunchy1
5 years 6 months ago

I just read that the Cubs plan on going with internal options after “losing out” on Park. The favorite for that spot is Caridad with Jeff Stevens as plan B. Caridad has good stuff and good control pitching out of the pen…and Stevens projects a superior FIP (4.09 to 4.39) per CHONE than Park. Personally, I think this works out just fine!

studio179
5 years 6 months ago

I think that works out just fine, too. Save the money and put it towards an upgrade later on.

crunchy1
5 years 6 months ago

I just read that the Cubs plan on going with internal options after “losing out” on Park. The favorite for that spot is Caridad with Jeff Stevens as plan B. Caridad has good stuff and good control pitching out of the pen…and Stevens projects a superior FIP (4.09 to 4.39) per CHONE than Park. Personally, I think this works out just fine!

Jonathan Gallo
5 years 6 months ago

Sabathia
Burnett
Pettitte
Vazquez
Chamberlain

Rivera
Hughes
Robertson
Park
Aceves
Gaudin
Marte

yg49
5 years 6 months ago

I am wondering if the guy who does not get the #5 spot ends up at Scranton, with Mitre going to the pen. If Joba keeps the 5 spot, not sure they want Hughes in the pen all season if they plan on him starting next year.

tfeuerst
5 years 6 months ago

This is my hope and I think it would explain them going after another reliever, but who knows.

Jonathan Gallo
5 years 6 months ago

Well, the Yanks found themselves in the same situation last year, and Hughes helped them win the WS in the pen, so he has more value up here then at AAA.

Zack23
5 years 6 months ago

True, but last year they had no Marte and Robertson didnt establish himself yet.
When you have Mo, Marte, DRob, Aceves, Park there is less need to put Phil/Joba into that role. Compared to Mo, Marte on DL, Veras/Ramirez sucking, unproven DRob and Aceves

dylanp5030
5 years 6 months ago

Vazquez > Pettite IMO

Qabalist
5 years 6 months ago

That remains to be seen.

ivdown
5 years 6 months ago

That is actually fact.

ivdown
5 years 6 months ago

That is actually fact.

Jonathan Gallo
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah I know Vazquez>Pettitte, but rotation politics will win out.

ivdown
5 years 6 months ago

Yankee fans (at least the not very intelligent ones) seem to hate Vazquez, while, obviously, loving Pettitte. It’s sad.

ivdown
5 years 6 months ago

Yankee fans (at least the not very intelligent ones) seem to hate Vazquez, while, obviously, loving Pettitte. It’s sad.

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 6 months ago

What really is the difference between a 3rd and 4th starter aside from the match-ups? I don’t think it will matter too much. Politics as Gallo pointed out is more important.

TexMan25
5 years 6 months ago

hughes is better in both bullpen and starting over joba. but joba is better for himself in the bullpen so put joba in the pen instead cuz hughes could do both.

TexMan25
5 years 6 months ago

hughes is better in both bullpen and starting over joba. but joba is better for himself in the bullpen so put joba in the pen instead cuz hughes could do both.

riverahammerofgod
5 years 6 months ago

1.2 million is overpaying? really

crunchy1
5 years 6 months ago

Yes, really. But I’m speaking specifically to Hendry overpaying. He usually bids more than he needs to for mediocre relievers (see John Grabow). Additionally, even 1.2 M + incentives is too much for the Cubs to be wasting on a middle reliever when 1) they’ve got plenty of good young arms who are capable of putting up the numbers Park is projected to put up (7.2K/9, 4.50 ERA, 4.39 FIP per CHONE). And 2) they’ve got more important needs than a veteran relief “presence”. They could use that money midseason to fill other needs as they arise. Maybe it’s a good fit for the Yanks, but I don’t care so much about what they do. I’m just thankful the Yanks swooped in and saved Hendry from himself.

riverahammerofgod
5 years 6 months ago

gotcha, i don’t know too much about the cubs

studio179
5 years 6 months ago

Yikes! I feel like a dope. I posted above what you already posted earlier…almost word for word. I didn’t scroll down and see this before I posted. Again, I am glad it turned out that way, too.

alphabet_soup5
5 years 6 months ago

The Yankees should just trade away Hughes. All that wasted starting talent rotting away in the bullpen. The problem with the Yankees is when they buy players, their own can’t develop in the MLB.

5 years 6 months ago

They bareley have any good players of their own. Their farm system was rated 26th in baseball. If not for all the $$$ they waste they’d have nothing. They haven’t developed a true superstar since Clinton Was prez. They trade anyone with any upside for other teams overpaid establish stars.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 6 months ago

The stupid comments continue:

a) I am 99% sure that Chan Ho Park will in no way intefere with the developement of Hughes or any of the other young pitchers. IF anyone might be effected it could be the likes of Mark Melancon, Chad Gaudin or Sergio Mitre. I’m sure then pen makeup would be some combination of Rivera + Hughes + Robertson + Marte plus 2 out of the group of Aceves, Gaudin, Park, Mitre and Melancon. With the signing of Park I would assume that Aceves and Gaudin will battle for the long man position/spot starter with the loser along w/ Mitre and Melancon shuffling back and forth from AAA as needed.

@ Qbass187: Got anything intelligent to add to the conversation other than lame takes from the early 1990’s? I think Robinson Cano and Chein Ming Wang qualify as home grown stars. As for organizational ranking..well….think about this. The organization was ranked top 10 a few seasons ago and at that time Chamberlain, Hughes, Aceves, Gardner, Austin Jackson, Dave Robertson, Phil Coke and Ian Kennedy were all top ranked prospects. A couple of years later 5 of those guys are now integral parts of the 2010 season and Jackson, Coke and Kennedy were used to acquire Curtis Granderson, a 2 9year old star player who is signed for the next 3 years. And with Montero, Romine, McAllister and many others coming up from A+ and below, I think the organization has more talent that will pay dividends thru 2011 and beyond.

If anything the Yanks are doing an excellent job of developing their own and using their financial might to field a good team.

alphabet_soup5
5 years 6 months ago

Chan Ho Park doesn’t really affect Hughes at all. The Yankees went out and signed CC and AJ, while if they really thought Hughes could be an established starter, I doubt they would’ve done that.

A few pitchers from the 1st round of the 2004 draft class (when Hughes was drafted)
Justin Verlander
Jeff Niemann
Jered Weaver

Look where they are all at in their careers compared to Hughes. This is because their teams actually gave them a chance to start, instead of signing pitchers from free agency and denying these young pitchers chances to prove themselves. Where would Derek Jeter be in his career if the Yankees had signed a star shortstop to a 7 year deal in 1995? He’d have been rotting away on the bench, or in the minors.

Yankees haven’t given Hughes a chance, and that would be an entire season starting.

CosaOne
5 years 6 months ago

Your point is misleading. Those three guys are all at least 3 years older then Hughes and were drafted as college pitchers unlike Hughes. It would only be logical due to their age they would move at a different pace then someone Hughes age. Niemann in particular is bad example he didnt make it to the majors until his age 25 season (16 innings) while Hughes made it at age 21 (72 innings). Hughes is on a more advanced pace then Niemann, you just need to look at the numbers in context.

Hughes was 22 when CC and AJ were signed not 26-27, hes not being buried in his prime years or thrown to the wayside. Net year Pettitte will most likely be gone and Hughes will be given the shot to step into his rotation spot.

There are also roughly 11 pitchers in the first round of that draft that have done little to nothing in the majors or havent seen the bigs at all.

yankeeland
5 years 6 months ago

Not fair, Hughes has had his chance to start with the Yankees. He’s in the bullpen because that’s where he has proven himself. And you can believe, he has a shot at the No.5 starting position. I think he’s better in the bullpen, but I’ll let Joe make that call…

inleylandwetrust
5 years 6 months ago

robinson cano, jorge posada, derek jeter, andy pettite, mariano rivera, phil hughes, joba chamberlain to name a few

Muggi
5 years 6 months ago

I don’t think the Yanks have a horrible farm at all, but listing players like Jeter, Mo, Posada, Pettitte is a little disingenuous. Those guys were all drafted @15yrs ago…not really an indication of current farm quality.

Fact is, the Yanks have greatly improved their drafting in the last 3-4yrs; I’d say they’ve done a very good, not excellent, job…but they had about a 10yr stretch where they could barely produce average MLB talent.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 6 months ago

The Yanks have some decent talent in their farm, and don’t need to have a great overall system. They have one potential offensive monster coming up in Montero and an all-around catcher in Romine. They don’t really need anything else for quite a number of years, as Posada is the only person of significance leaving soon, so those two will cover up the C/DH spots (though my gut tells me Montero is going to learn an outfield spot.)

redsandyanksfan
5 years 6 months ago

Exactly i was getting read to say something about romine and montero but they also have Gary sanchez who looks pretty good at catcher and zach McCalister who is getting better every year and looks to have a bright future and hopefully Andrew Brackman can come back from his injury and be the propect he once was he is 6″11 with a good slider and mid nineties fastball. The yankees farm is not what it was earlier because we traded Ian kennedy, our top prospect austin jackson and we have also graduate prospects like hughes,joba,gardner,cervilli and etc..

5 years 6 months ago

Total waste of money.

markjsunz
5 years 6 months ago

Chan Ho just gives the Yanks more bullpen depth. As much as I love the rays, you have to admit the yankees have assembled by far the best team in baseball, and you can make an argument that the yankee infield is the greatest infield ever assembled in major league history.

5 years 6 months ago

I second that opinion.

When the numbers are done I am sure Cano will rank right up there with Kent , Sandberg , Biggio and Morgan.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 6 months ago

Those guys were considered the best 2nd baseman of their eras. Looking forward, Cano will probably be a top 5 2nd baseman but I can’t see him being considered the best, and certainly not one of the best of all time. He does still have some upside though, so I could be wrong.

studio179
5 years 6 months ago

I think somewhere Alomar feels he should be in that team photo.

ReverendBlack
5 years 6 months ago

loooooooooooooooooooool

ReverendBlack
5 years 6 months ago

loooooooooooooooooooool

wyz
5 years 6 months ago

His good days are behind him. Pitched good during the steroid years..Huuumm
he’ll make a great mop up man by mid summer.
Mets……….been there,done that,it’s over

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

Behind him, LOL

The guy in 38 games out of the bullpen in Philadelphia went

2-2, 2.52 ERA, 50 IP, 43 H, 14 ER, 0 HR, 16 BB, 52 K’s, .231 AVG

You make it sound like the guy is useless, when as a reliever he does have some value as his numbers showed with less than a hit per inning, low walks and a strikeout per inning, while allowing 0 HR (including pitching in Citizens Bank Park, a hitters park)

No one is saying he is anything special but he does give bullpen depth.

alphabet_soup5
5 years 6 months ago

Over/Under 4.5 ERA in the AL East for Park

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

Every move the Yankees make folks tend to over think it way too much.

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

I’m laughing reading at the folks here who are going on about “Chan Ho Park is terrible, awful”

Newsflash Chan Ho Park is not the Yankees Closer, Setup Man, Primary 7th inning man even. He is a veteran BACK of the bullpen arm that can be effective providing middle innings over the season.

The Yankees bullpen depth chart sees Park well down the list with

1. Rivera – R – Closer
2. Joba or Hughes – R – Setup Man
3. Marte – L – Primary lefty reliever
4. Robertson – R – 7th inning power arm to bridge to setup man
5. Aceves – R – Long or Short Relief around the 6th and 7th inning
6. Park – R – Short Relief
7. Gaudin or Mitre – R – Long Relief or Spot Starter

As you can see Park is well down the priority on that list, just a veteran arm to give bullpen innings.

If they hadn’t signed him they would have either gone with Mark Melancon or Boone Logan depending on who performed better in Spring.

Last season the Yankees had major bullpen issues early on relying on hot garbage like

Jonathan Albaladejo – sent to the minors
Jose Veras – Yankees DFA’s Veras and Cleveland traded for him and then released him in December
Edwar Ramirez – sent to the minors
Biran Bruney – injured and then wild last season

You can never, ever have enough bullpen depth in this day and age of baseball.

Park is just another arm, the Yankees didn’t pick him up to be a lights out closer, far from it as the bullpen depth chart shows.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 6 months ago

I agree, but generally “back of the bullpen” means the late inning guys.

Muggi
5 years 6 months ago

I was expecting the Yanks to go after another lefty. Marte is decent, but behind him…Royce Ring? Kei Igawa? Am I missing something?

They must believe they can find someone during ST…can’t see them going into the season with one lefty.

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

“I was expecting the Yanks to go after another lefty. Marte is decent, but behind him…Royce Ring? Kei Igawa? Am I missing something?”

++++++++++++++++

David Robertson is pretty good against lefty batters – .189 AVG vs lefties, 74 AB, 14 H, 6 ER, 9 BB, 30 K’s

5 years 6 months ago

Well if anything they needed a guy on the roster the ASIAN media would cover.

I am not sure how well the Korean media covers Park anymore.

With Matsui leaving they are losing alot of exposure in Japan. It would of been nice to keep Matsui if only for another year. But I know that the DH spot is going needed to save Posada’s legs. Imagine if you the Yanks signed Mauer to replace Posada and Carl Crawford to fill the hole in the OF.

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

Yanks have no interest in Mauer, they have young catchers galore that they are grooming, they aren’t leaving that position to chance, they have both Jesus Montero, who can flat out hit and Austin Romine in AAA and AA respectively this coming season.

I hope for baseball Mauer resigns and stays in Minnesota.

redsandyanksfan
5 years 6 months ago

i am with you i hope for baseball that he stays but i dont think the yankees are looking at montero as a future catcher because the say he to big so he would play left or first/dh but tex has first. I am really excited about austin romine maybe a future jorge posada but yes both will be in minors

ltdibo020
5 years 6 months ago

Mauer is big also and is a great catcher, big can be an asset behind the dish. Remember Lance Parrish? I just read where his arm is really good, he has to work on a slow delivery on throws. He has to shorten up that arm action. I hope to watch him some at Scranton this summer, they have a great park up there to see games in. Kid may be something special. He appears to be pretty good working with pitchers also. It will be interesting to see what he does @ AAA this season with the bat.

raulllp
5 years 6 months ago

mets fans need to relax, yankees already have a great bullpen with either joba or hughes going to be the 8th inning man.

they dont need park

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

Mets fans should be more worried about Kelvim Escobar after seeing this in the Daily News.

“Escobar, who recently was shutdown with shoulder weakness, said he won’t pick up a baseball until he’s cleared by rehab coordinator Chris Correnti, who is charged with evaluating his shoulder strength. Still, Escobar expressed little concern about being ready for Opening Day, or about the rigors of pitching regularly in the back end of the bullpen, the NY Daily News reports.”

Just what you want to hear, shoulder weakness for a guy that hasn’t been healthy in over 2 years