Reported in the Korea Times and confirmed by general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., the deal guarantees $2.5 million which could reach up to $5 million adding performance bonuses.
Beerleaguer: Revisiting what I wrote last week, the 35-year-old Korean went 4-4 with a 3.40 ERA (125 ERA+) in 95 2-3 innings out of the Dodgers’ bullpen, filling in at starter five times. The 2008 season was Park's best since his last one with the Dodgers back in 2001, scuffling every season in between. They said his velocity improved, and what I saw in the NLCS impressed me and perhaps made an impression on the Phils, too. There are splits to consider; he pitched to a 4.50 ERA away from Chavez Ravine. I’m encouraged if he’s competing for a spot as a long man because I think there’s some issue there beneath the surface, but discouraged by the report that he will be looked at in the rotation. I don’t know that Chad Durbin can carry the load like he did last season and I'm not a Clay Condrey guy. And don't forget: they’ve lost Rudy Seanez, who was serviceable. I think Park would work out best if he served that role. This acquisition could also serve warning that they’re prepared to move one of their 5-6-7 starters, possibly J.A. Happ or Kyle Kendrick.
At best: savvy sleeper move. At worst (and also the most likely scenario if history tells us anything): terrible bust like he’s been most of his career. Park is a guy who many labeled as completely cooked a year ago.