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Park Chan-ho to move to New York

Feb 10,2007
Park Chan-ho
Korea pitcher Park Chan-ho has agreed to a one-year, $3-million contract with the New York Mets in Major League Baseball’s National League, his management team confirmed yesterday.
The deal is pending Park’s passing the team’s physical.
Park, 33, had been a free agent after pitching for the San Diego Padres last season. The Mets will be his fourth major league squad.
He became the first Korean-born major leaguer with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994, and later played for the Texas Rangers and the Padres. He went 7-7 with an earned run average of 4.81 in 2006.
By joining the Mets, Park moves into a city with a sizeable Korean community. He will also benefit from one of baseball’s strongest lineups. In 2006, the Mets’ Nos. 3, 4 and 5 hitters, ― Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and David Wright ― combined for 105 home runs and 346 runs batted in.
The Mets, who lost to the eventual World Series champions St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, ranked first in the National League in steals and third in runs scored in 2006.
Three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez will be sidelined for at least the season’s first half because of a right shoulder injury.
That should open a spot for Park to join veterans Tom Glavine and Orlando Hernandez, and young pitchers Oliver Perez and John Maine.
Park can also count on his bullpen to shut the doors in late innings. The Mets’ bullpen, led by closer Billy Wagner, posted the league’s lowest ERA of 3.25.


By Yoo Jee-ho Staff Writer [jeeho@joongang.co.kr]



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