Written By: Matt Vereb
In the wee-hours of Monday morning, Chan Ho Park and the Yankees agreed to a 1 year/$1.2 million contract. Park can earn up to $300,000 in incentives. Park went 3-3 for the NL Champion Phillies last year, posting a 4.43 ERA in 45 games. Park fooled Yankee hitters in the Fall Classic by throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings in 4 appearances. Park is a strikeout pitcher, something that the Yankees covet. He struck out 72 hitters in 80 innings. Park is expected to pitch out of the bullpen for the Bombers. Park will join Gaudin, Aceves, Mitre, Robertson, Rivera, Hughes**, and Marte.
Definitely an unexpected move given the Yankee depth. Perhaps the Yankees wanted a seasoned-arm to mix in with their young studs? You can never have too many pitchers.