The Yankees added another option for Joe Girardi early Monday morning, signing right-handed pitcher Chan Ho Park to a one-year contract, according to Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.
An industry source confirmed the signing (Park holding an actual news conference to make the announcement kind of confirmed it as well).
Park, who will turn 37 in early June, pitched last season for the Phillies, going 3-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 45 games (seven starts). Reportedly the contract is for $1.2 million with incentives that could add another $300,000 to the deal.
According to MLB.com, Park made the announcement at Park 61, a fitness center he opened in Seoul after the 2009 season. The Yankees have not made an announcement as yet but are expected to after Park passes a physical.
Si.com reported last week the Cubs and Rays were also interested in Park.
Park, who is likely to pitch out of the bullpen for the Yankees, though he is certainly capable of starting if required, is 120-95 overall with a 4.35 ERA in his career (287 starts), holding righties to a .227 batting average and .311 OBP. He’s 7-9 with a 3.95 ERA in 136 games as a reliever.
Park appeared against the Yankees in last year’s World Series four times, pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
Park last pitched in the American League in 2005, going 8-5 with a 5.66 ERA in 20 games, all starts. In 2008 with the Dodgers, Park was 4-4 with a 3.40 ERA in 54 games (five starts). Park had one forgettable start with the Mets in 2007, allowing seven runs and six hits in four innings in a 9-6 loss to the Marlins April 30.
Much more from Steinbrenner Field later.
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