Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Chan Ho Park Declares Himself A Yankee

It's too bad Yankee GM Brian Cashman won't confirm Park's bold statement:

Chan Ho Park has agreed to a one-yeal deal with the New York Yankees, he announced Monday at a news conference in Seoul, South Korea.

The Yankees have not announced the signing, and on Monday team GM Brian Cashman declined to say a deal was done. But sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney that the Yankees had agreed to terms with Park on a deal worth $1.2 million, plus $300,000 in potential incentives, pending a physical.

Park, who pitched for the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies out of the bullpen last season, said he will join the Yankees bullpen, The Korea Times reported.

"I was deliberating on the Chicago Cubs and the Yankees, but their history and championship contention resulted in me picking the Yankees," he said, according to The Korea Times.

This is probably going to be confirmed later, but I had to laugh when I read Park's boasts, which I'm sure went down exactly as advertised. I mean, this is a guy who chose the Texas frickin' Rangers at one point, so he has a track record of prioritizing championship history over other criteria.

On an unrelated albeit similar note, I was deliberating writing for the New York Times, but Sons of Steve Garvey's history, great benefits program, and sarcastic humor resulted in me picking SoSG as my medium of choice.

3 comments:

Fred's Brim said...

well he's got plenty of experience with pitching in bandboxes, if only for a few innings at a time

J. Steve said...

I, for one, am glad that you chose the prestigious SOSG over some newspaper.

Dusty Baker said...

There's a Pulitzer in your future, Sax, and this is the medium that will deliver it.

Glad to see that Can't Throw Park will be in the Yank-me's bullpen this year, meaning that bullpen takes a step backward, hopefully to everyone else's advantage. It was Dodgers diabolical plot last year to send him off to Philly, and hey, look what happened to them: they went from World Series champ to World Series chump.