The 33-year-old right-hander will sign a one-year contract with New York, according to a Korean newspaper. He will compete for a job in the starting rotation.
Park went 7-7 with a 4.81 ERA (88 ERA+) in 24 appearances for the Padres last season, serving the final year of a notoriously bad five-year, $65 million contract he received from the Rangers in December of 2001. Although Park maintains a lifetime 113-87 record (4.31 ERA), he has been soundly below average for five consecutive seasons.
The good news is 2006 might have been his best concentrated showing in those seasons. He can still touch the low-90s on his fastball to go with good second and third pitches. He actually had a respectable first half before suffering intestinal problems which caused him to miss almost the entire second half. It will be interesting to see how he pitches under the bright lights of the Big Apple.
It’s a move the Mets probably had to do in some form. Odds are Mike Pelfrey and Philip Humber won’t be ready, Oliver Perez is a dice roll and Juan Sosa is better served in that Darren Oliver role of last season.
As for the Phillies, it's an opportunity to pounce on the Mets early. Twenty-two of the Mets' first 28 games are against NL East teams, including five against the Phils. A rotation of Tom Glavine, Orlando Hernandez, John Maine, Perez and Park could look completely different by the all-star break. If the Mets indeed line up that way, the Phillies would hit their 2-3-4 pitchers on April 9-12, then their 3-4 again the following week. That would mean a couple good looks at below average pitchers.
Update: According to the AP, the deal is worth a guaranteed $600,000, with $2.4 million in performance bonuses based on innings pitched.