02/09/2007 6:54 PM ET
Mets sign Chan Ho Park to a one-year contract
Chan Ho Park, who has posted a 113-87 record with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres, today signed a one-year major league contract with the Mets. Park, a 33-year-old righthander, will be in Port St. Lucie, FL when the Mets' pitchers and catchers hold their first workout on Feb. 17.
"We are happy to add a veteran pitcher like Chan Ho to our staff," said Mets General Manager Omar Minaya. "As we approach spring training he certainly gives Willie Randolph and Rick Peterson another option to consider as we put together our rotation."
Last year, Park, the first Korean to play major league baseball, was 7-7 with a 4.81 ERA in 24 games, 21 starts for the Padres. He missed much of the last part of the 2006 season with abdominal pain and intestinal bleeding.
Park, a native of Kong Ju City, South Korea, was 3-1 with a 3.76 ERA in six June starts in 2006. Chan Ho struck out a season-high eight batters on two occasions: May 15 at Arizona and June 2 at Pittsburgh.
Park pitched with the Dodgers from 1994- 2001. From 1997-2001, he won 14, 15, 13, 18 and 15 contests respectively. He was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on Dec. 22, 2001.
On July 29, 2005, Chan Ho was traded to the Padres for first baseman Phil Nevin.
For his career, Park has a 91-54 record and a 3.97 ERA in the National League and a 22-23 record with a 5.79 ERA in the American League.
In 1,746.2 career innings, he has 1,507 strikeouts, an average of 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings.