Pirates claim CHoP off waivers

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Chan Ho Park has been claimed off of waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Yankees announced this afternoon. The right-hander had been DFA’d on Saturday to make room on the roster for Kerry Wood. Signed to a $1.2 million deal this winter after a strong season with the Phillies, Park went 2-1 with a 5.60 ERA for the Yanks. In 35.1 innings, he allowed 40 hits — seven of them home runs — while walking 12 and striking out 29. Fans grew to dread his appearances, but he’ll always be remembered for one early-season TMI press conference in Boston. The Pirates are now on the hook for the remaining portion of CHoP’s salary or approximately $400,000. I, for one, am glad to see the Pirates are still willing to take on Yankee has-beens.

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  • Ross in Jersey

    This means they have to pay his remaining salary, right? Guess that puts a few hundred K back in the pocket.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yep, I figure it’s around $407,000 saved.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Bye Chop Suey!

  • Carlosologist

    “I had diarrhea. What, you think that is funny?”

    • jsbrendog (returns)

      i had lot cough……lot cough

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Unless they claimed him for another team to trade to, this makes zero sense for the Pirates.

    • Carlosologist

      They blew up their bullpen at the deadline. This is probably just a depth move or something.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      # of things the Pirates have done in the past 15 years that have made sense: 2

      # of things the Pirates have done in the past 15 years that have not made sense: 2,452,904

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama


      • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

        There are college students who cannot remember the Pirates ever winning more than 75 games

        • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten


          …actually I graduated from college in May.

          • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

            I don’t either (I graduated in May 09), but I haven’t followed the Pirates my whole life and I’m guessing you haven’t either. There are college students who have and still have never seen a winner.

  • Ed

    Was he claimed in the “Pirates take him and his full salary” sense, or the “work out a trade involving CHoP + cash for an iffy prospect we can trade back to Pittsburgh later on” sense?

    • JohnnyC

      The most Cash would hope to get is 1 C prospect. As long as Pittsburgh pays the rest of Park’s salary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Huh? Does not make sense for Pitt.

    Knowing the relationship between the Pirates and the Yanks, me thinks something else might be going on behind the scenes here. Not sure what kind of favor, but seems odd that the Pirates would be the team to claim him.

  • Paul

    Watch CHoP do a total 360 and dominate.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Dominating the NL Central and dominating the AL East are two very, very different tasks.

      • KeithK

        I could see CHoP turning it around a bit and pitching fairly well for the Pirates down the stretch. He was successful as a reliever in the NL and as we are talking about the NL Central, as Ben points out. Yes, the Pirates are going nowhere fast. But Park doesn’t cost much more than your basic replacement reliever. So not such a bad move to get some bullpen help.

    • Andrew


      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        no, he literally meant: spin around and then BAM be in a new uniform and go on to win UPS ‘What Can Brown Do For You’ award.

  • Januz

    If I was Cashman, and I received a pair of single game Steeler Tickets, a pair of single game Penguin Tickets, and a pair of Chop Sticks for Park, I would be satisfied.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      And then I’d try to scalp the Penguins tickets, because nobody wants to go to a hockey game.

      • Total Dominication

        If nobody wants to go to a Hockey game, scalping the tickets seems kinda pointless.

  • A.D.

    Pitt really validating themselves as the Yanks minor league team…now how can they get Andrew McCutchen

  • http://www.tynansanger.com Ethan

    What the KC Athletics were to the Yankees in late 50s/early 60s, the Pirates are today. Karma for 1960, I guess.

  • Accent Shallow

    Good riddance to an awful signing.

    Best of luck in Pittsburgh.

  • MikeD

    Pirates seem to love any pitcher who has worn a Yankee uniform. Pittsburgh, Kei Igawa says Hi.