UPDATE (12:55 a.m.): Though he admits the Phillies haven’t confirmed a deal, Josh Schlegel of MLB.com predicts a one-year pact for Park, and an audition for the rotation.
Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports the Phillies are close to signing free agent pitcher Chan Ho Park.
Last season, Park went 4-4 with a 3.40 ERA in 95.1 innings for the Dodgers. He started five games for Los Angeles; Brown says the Phils may view Park as a starter.
Thoughts: This is the type of back-end starter the Phils can use going into Spring Training. Sure it’s not Derek Lowe (yet), but it’s a solid back-end piece that can compete for fifth starter against Kyle Kendrick, JA Happ, Carlos Carrasco and maybe even Jamie Moyer, say all four return to the Phillies. At the very least, it’s starting pitching depth, something I think is a priority for any team.