Pirates claim CHoP off waivers


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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  1. Ross in Jersey says:

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

  2. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Bye Chop Suey!

  3. Carlosologist says:

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

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

  5. Ed says:

    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?

  6. Mike HC says:

    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.

  7. Paul says:

    Watch CHoP do a total 360 and dominate.

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

      • KeithK says:

        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.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

        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.

  8. Januz says:

    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.

  9. A.D. says:

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

  10. Ethan says:

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

  11. Accent Shallow says:

    Good riddance to an awful signing.

    Best of luck in Pittsburgh.

  12. MikeD says:

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

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