Jennifer Langosch reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates and relief pitcher Chan Ho Park have mutual interest in Park returning to the Pirates in 2011. Langosch mentions that it’s unlikely that the Pirates would add Park on a major league deal, but that a minor league deal would be more likely.
Park struggled with the Yankees in 2010, putting up a 5.60 ERA in 35.1 innings, with a 7.4 K/9, a 3.1 BB/9, and a 1.8 HR/9. After being picked up by the Pirates off of waivers, Park posted a 3.49 ERA in 28.1 innings, with a 7.3 K/9, a 2.2 BB/9, and a 0.6 HR/9. Those numbers are similar to what Park put up in 2008/2009, when he combined for a 3.88 ERA in 178.2 innings between the Dodgers and Phillies, with a 7.7 K/9, a 3.5 BB/9, and an 0.9 HR/9.
Park turns 38 next June. He made $1.2 M in 2010, and he probably would end up below that in 2011.