Chan Ho Park arrived in Tampa Saturday night and was in the clubhouse this morning and is on the field warming up with the rest of his new teammates. To make room on their 40-man roster for Park, Edwar Ramirez was designated for assignment.

Park said returning to the Phillies was his first choice this offseason but when an agreement couldn't be reached and Philadelphia moved on, Park said it was important to end up with a team that gave him a chance at winning "a ring." 

And so, while his preference is to be a starter -- and he said there were teams that offered him that chance -- he picked the Yankees and a relief role. 

"Another chance to get the ring," Park said. "That’s why I chose the Yankees."

Park said he kept in shape in Korea, throwing over the winter with two Korean national teams.

"I feel like I’m ready," Park said. "[But] I have time and I'm trying not to hurry. Today’s long toss, tomorrow’s a bullpen and we’ll see how I feel. The thing is to get adjusted."

The full release from the Yankees on the Park signing:

"The New York Yankees today announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Chan Ho Park to a one-year Major League contract. He has joined the team today at spring training camp in Tampa, Fla.

 

Park, 36, owns a career record of 120-95 with a 4.35 ERA in 423 games (287 starts) over 16 Major League seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1994-2001, ‘08), Texas Rangers (2002-05), San Diego Padres (2005-06), New York Mets (2007) and Philadelphia Phillies (2009). He has won at least 10 games in a season at least six times in his career, including three seasons of 15-or-more victories (1998, 2000 and 2001).

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He became the first-ever Korean-born player to appear in a Major League game on April 8, 1994 vs. Atlanta (w/ Los Angeles-NL) and is the first native of South Korea signed by the Yankees. His 120 career victories are second-most all-time among Asian-born pitchers behind only Japan’s Hideo Nomo (123 wins).

 

In 2009, Park went 3-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 45 games (seven starts) with the National League-champion Philadelphia Phillies. He made his season debut in relief, and then made seven starts from April 12-May 17 before returning to the bullpen for his final 37 outings of the season. Overall, Park posted a 2-2 record with a 2.52 ERA (50.0IP, 14ER) as a reliever, tossing more than 1.0 inning in 13 of his 38 relief outings.

 

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Park owns 13 career postseason appearances, going 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA (10.1IP, 3ER), including 3.1 scoreless innings in the 2009 World Series vs. the Yankees. He was named to the 2001 National League All-Star team as a member of the Dodgers.

 

In order to make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Edwar Ramirez was designated for assignment."