Yankees general manager Brian Cashman did not see Chan Ho Park’s early morning press conference in Korea.
“And he won’t see mine,” Cashman said.
As expected, Cashman could not publicly confirm that the Yankees have agreed to deal with Park, but he did admit to having been in talks with agent Jeff Borris “for quite some time.”
“At this particular point in time, I can admit that yes, I’ve had several conversations with Jeff Borris, who represents Chan Ho Park,” Cashman said. “That’s, at this particular point in time, as far as I can comment. The process of trying to sign a player, there are a lot of steps in that process.”
As for why Park makes sense for a team that already seems to be overflowing with long relief options, Cashman said, “The more the merrier. You can never have enough.”
The Yankees 40-man roster is full, mean Park will have to take someone’s place. Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre are out of options, but Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Alfredo Aceves can be sent to the minor leagues.
UPDATE, 10:44 a.m.: According to the Korea Times, Park announced that he will work out of the bullpen and that he will make $1.2 million.
“I wanted to play for a champion-caliber team this year again,” he said. “I am not certain how much longer I will play baseball, but it will be huge experience and memory to play with the Yankees.”