FORT MYERS, Fla. –After he played just one season in Minnesota, the Twins designated Byung Ho Park for assignment on Feb. 8.
The Korean designated hitter came to the Twins at a steep price. The club paid $12.85 million for negotiating rights with Park’s Korean team, the Nexan Heroes. Then, they awarded the slugger a four-year contract worth $12 million.
Last season, the Twins got little in return for their nearly $25 million investment. Park played just 62 games and hit .191 with 12 home runs and 24 RBIs.
With Park designated for assignment, the Twins had an open roster spot and signed right-handed reliever Matt Belisle to fill out the roster. Last season, Belisle pitched 46 innings for the Washington Nationals, striking out 32 batters and carrying a 1.76 ERA.