FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Minnesota Twins designated Korean slugger Byung Ho Park for assignment on Feb. 8, and he cleared waivers a day later.
The Korean slugger has been assigned to the Rochester Red Wings, a Triple-A affiliate of the Twins.
Questions remain as to why no other club claimed Park.Perhaps the greatest factor deterring other team’s was Park’s salary. According to one of the team’s fan blogs, Twinkie Town, another club would have to pay the slugger $9.4 million over the next two years for claiming him. That is quite a commitment for a player who battled injuries last year and finished with a batting average below .200.
Regardless of why no team claimed Park, one thing now is clear: He will remain with the organization that paid nearly $25 million to acquire him. Should his game improve in the minor leagues, the club’s new front office might give him another chance to prove his ability with a roster spot in Minnesota. For now, he will have to see if he is invited to take part in the team’s spring training activities, which begin Feb. 15.