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The Yankees sign Chan Ho Park

Feb 22, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

Chan Ho Park headshot.jpgThomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Yankees have signed reliever Chan Ho Park to a one-year, $1.2 million deal with incentives that could reach $300,000.  The deal is pending a physical. And, presumably, the shaving of his Chan Ho Beard.

Park put up a 2.52 ERA in 50 innings out of the pen last year with the kind of stuff and velocity we haven’t seen from him since the Clinton administration. For the second straight year he signs with a team he blanked in the previous postseason, having jumped from L.A. to Philly after pitching well in the 2008 NLCS. There’s probably a primacy/recency lesson in there somewhere, but I just can’t tease it out right now.

If he pitches in 2010 like he did in 2009, the Yankees will have a pretty dominant 7th, 8th and 9th inning bullpen trifecta in Park, Hughes/Joba and Rivera.  Good signing by Cashman and the Yankees.

  1. YnakeesfanLen - Feb 22, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    The Universe has come a long way from the days of Farnsworthless. This is a great signing for Cashman, another example of “if they beat us, get that guy off their field by signing him”
    AJ (who is here because of the above) better have his pies ready, there will be more walk-offs than ever!

  2. Richard - Feb 22, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Don’t forget about Robertson or Aceves.
    Rivera, Hughes/Chamberlain, Park, Robertson, Aceves, Marte, and one of Gaudin/Mitre is a filthy bullpen.

  3. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Feb 22, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    The Universe has come a long way from the days of Farnsworthless.

    I believe he prefers to be called Kyle Neveryourmoneysworth

  4. Jonny5 - Feb 22, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    What the #$%^#$ !!!!!! The Phillies shoulda kept this guy around. The reason he was let go was because of his own illusion that he’s a starting pitcher and was looking for starter pay. Phillies should have kept their eyes on this guy…@$%$%@!!!

  5. Nasty Boy - Feb 22, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    This guy has good stuff. I’m shocked the Yankees got him.Another good move by Cashman. This is one hell of a bullpen. Bosucks, start thinking wildcard.

  6. Garcia - Feb 22, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    CHP is a great addition for the Yanks
    As a Phils fan, I wanted him back in our pen
    I liked him in LA against us in 08, and he had a good season for us last year, once he went to the bullpen.
    Hate the Yanks, but he is a nice addition

  7. Old Gator - Feb 22, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    The Borg strikes again. And the deal Park made is so recession. Let’s see if I’ve got this right: he signs for $1.2mm but he has targeted deductions that can reduce his pay by $900,000. How does that work? $50,000 deducted for every dinger with another $5,000 per man on base? Another $50,000 off for every percentage of ERA above 4.00? And a whopping $100,000 penalty for every walkoff dinger he allows?
    .
    Hell, they could have gotten Kevin Gregg for nothing.

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