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01/06/2009 3:25 PM ET
Phillies sign Park
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Right-hander Chan Ho Park has signed a one-year contract with the Phillies, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. announced today.

Park, 35, went 4-4 with two saves and a 3.40 ERA in 54 games (five starts) for the Los Angeles Dodgers this past season. He went 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA as a starter and 3-4 with a 3.84 ERA in relief. Park pitched at least 2.0 innings in 17 of his 49 relief appearances, going 2-0 with a 1.07 ERA and a .189 opponents' batting average in those situations.

"In Chan Ho, we've acquired a veteran guy who can pitch in either a starting role or as a reliever," said Amaro. "He will come to spring training and be given every opportunity to compete for a spot in the starting rotation."

Born in Kong Ju, South Korea, Park averaged 15 wins per season over a five-year span, from 1997-2001, going a combined 75-49 in that time. In 98 career relief appearances, he is 5-7 with a 4.44 ERA.

"I'm very happy to be a Phillie," said Park. "It's an honor to be on a championship team. I was trying to beat them in the playoffs last year and now I'm trying to help them win another championship."

Originally signed by the Dodgers in January of 1994, Park has a career record of 117-92 with a 4.34 ERA in 378 games (280 starts) for Los Angeles (1994-2001; 2008), the Texas Rangers (2002-05), San Diego Padres (2005-06) and New York Mets (2007). He has appeared in five career postseason games with the Padres (2006) and Dodgers (2008).

Park will wear No. 61.

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