Posted by: Larry Smith Jr. | February 23, 2010

The Yankees Buy Another New Park

On Monday morning the New York Yankees came to terms on a deal with Relief Pitcher Chan Ho Park which will pay him $1.2m plus potentially $300k more in incentives for one year.

Park’s reputation in many circles is still that of the large free agent bust with the Texas Rangers, a team that paid Park sixty-five million dollars from 2002-2006 for 68 starts, a 5.79 ERA, and a 1.61 WHIP. However, since being traded from Texas to San Diego late in the life of that deal, he has quietly returned to being a respectable pitcher again — Particularly in the bullpen — Even if he no longer is the top shelf starter that he was in the late 90s.

Park has now had two consecutive successful seasons in relief where he’s shown to be a slightly above average reliever who can still strike guys out, particularly against right-handed batters. This is valuable and it seems that the Yankees signing him are a case of the rich just getting richer. Washington Nationals beat writer Bill Ladson reported via his blog that the Nationals offered him a deal that he declined, and there have been reports elsewhere that he received offers from the Cubs that were rebuffed. It appears Park simply liked the idea of playing for the Yankees, and for that the defending World Series champions get a solid veteran reliever at a good price.

One strange note about Park is that prior to 2008 he had only participated in the one post-season. In 2008 he pitched for the Dodgers, who were eliminated by the Phillies that year. In 2009 he pitched for the Phillies, who were eliminated by the Yankees. In 2010, Park will pitch for the Yankees. Should they make the playoffs and fail to repeat as champions, maybe we ought to look to the team that bounces them out as Park’s next landing spot?

Here are the numbers on Park:

 

 

Year 

 

IP 

 

ERA 

 

FIP 

 

WHIP 

 

K/9 

 

BB/9 

 

2009 

 

83 1/3 

 

4.43 

 

3.49 

 

1.40 

 

7.9 

 

3.6 

 

2008 

 

95 1/3 

 

3.40 

 

4.37 

 

1.40 

 

7.5 

 

3.4 

 

2007 

 

 

15.75 

 

9.24 

 

2.00 

 

9.0 

 

4.5 

 

Car. 

 

1929 1/3 

 

4.35 

 

4.46 

 

1.40 

 

7.8 

 

4.2 

 

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Responses

  1. Sounds like, based on your hypothesis, we can expect to see Park in a Tigers uniform next. 🙂 * crosses fingers* lol

    P.S.
    Your title was cleverly misleading. lol


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