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Orix Buffaloes sign Chan Ho Park to 1-yr deal

by on Dec.20, 2010 @ 4:03 pm, under NPB

12/21/2010 10:13pm JST

The Buffaloes held a press conference for Park in Seoul, Korea earlier today.  He was also assigned the number 61.

12/20/2010 6:23pm JST

Sanspo reports that it's a 1-year deal worth a total 250M yen (with maxed out incentives).

4:03pm JST

The Orix Buffaloes have apparently signed Chan Ho Park.  There's even an image of the announcement that was sent to the various media outlets.  Daily Sports reports that he was assigned the number 61 and that the Buffaloes will be holding a press conference on the 21st (in Korea) to announce the addition.

(Thanks to demian for the heads up!)

4 comments on “Orix Buffaloes sign Chan Ho Park to 1-yr deal

  1. Alex

    Is this part of the Korean fanbase push the B’s were aiming for? I guess this is a big name signing but really? Chan Ho Park hasn’t been good for years now, aside from that productive half-season with the Phillies. I mean, when the Pirates don’t want you around…

    1. Gen Post author

      I’m not sure how popular Park is in Korea, but assuming that he is, then I don’t think it’s a horrible move from a marketing perspective, especially if the Buffaloes are really serious about increasing their Korean fan base.

      As for what Park will actually do for the Buffaloes in the standings… You never really can tell with foreign players. He could come in and have himself a decent year. And it isn’t like he has to come in and be an ace, since the Buffaloes already have one in Kaneko.

      Of course, with the Buffaloes paying as much as they are for him (not sure of what the actual break down, but the AP did mention US$1.2M plus 1M in incentives), they probably do want him to do well.

    1. Gen Post author

      The Japanese media isn’t always 100% accurate with salaries. As I mentioned above, the Associated Press mentioned 1.2M + 1M in incentives. You mention something similar, so I’m guessing the Japanese media might be off.

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