Thomas 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.
The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.
Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.
While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.