Yankees reportedly trying to "unload" Chan Ho Park

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Things haven’t gone very well for Chan Ho Park this season.
First he turned down a one-year, $3.25 million offer to re-sign with the Phillies only to end up with a one-year, $1.2 million deal from the Yankees. Then he posted a 5.57 ERA in 32.1 innings and spent a month on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.
And now Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Yankees are trying to “unload” him. Park has served up seven homers in 32.1 frames, but his 26/9 K/BB ratio is still solid and the 37-year-old’s velocity hasn’t declined any.
Over the previous two seasons he had a 3.29 ERA and 101/44 K/BB ratio in 120 innings as a reliever, so as far as low-cost (no maybe even no-cost) fliers go Park could provide some useful middle relief innings for some team down the stretch (especially if they let him grow back his epic playoff beard).

Former major league pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez dies in traffic accident

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Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.

The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.

The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: