Yankees brass delighted fans last week when they designated both Boone Logan and Randy Winn for assignment. Logan was a bonus player in the Yankees/Braves trade that sent fan favorite Melky Cabrera to Atlanta for Javier Vasquez. Randy Winn was a consolation prize for the tug of war negotiations held between the Yankees and Scott Boris regarding Johnny Damon. Both Logan and Winn struggled in pinstripes and the time to move on was long over due.
Next on the Yankees chopping block? Chan Ho Park. I would be putting it nicely to call him a mediocre starter and reliever who is wasting roster space on the World Champion New York Yankees. In 13.1 innings this season and a stint on the disabled list, Park is pitching to an awful 7.43 ERA with 5 home runs allowed and 20 hits. He does not deserve a place on the Yanks twenty-five man roster simply because he can pitch more than one inning out of the pen. Most of those innings result in a boat load of hits and earned runs.
Park has had nine appearances this season he has given up runs in seven of them. These are not numbers for a team looking to repeat as World Series Champions in 2010. Bullpen issues have been the hot topic of this year’s Yankee team and we have been told that, rest assured, Brian Cashman is working the phones to rectify this situation. I hope this is the case, especially with the apparent loss of Alfredo Aceves for the remainder of the season.
Bottom line for the Yankee organization? Make a trade, call up Ivan Nova, or give John Smoltz a shot out of the pen, but please send Chan Ho Park packing as soon as humanly possible.
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