The Pirates and Park have a mutual interest in the right hander returning in 2011.

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.

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  1. I was a little kid at the doubleheader against the Cubs in 1970. We sat in the same field box as Pie Traynor that day, and during the post-game carnage I remember someone saying that they were glad that Traynor didn’t stay until the end to see it. I wish I hadn’t seen it either. I remember people tearing up the turf, tearing out seats, bases, and signs. One guy was walking off with a payphone.

  2. The most amazing thing about the Madlock trade is that it came after the trade deadline, which was in May then, not July I believe. Once that trade happened, and Rennie Stennett was out of the lineup, the Pirates could not be stopped.

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