PITTSBURGH -- There remains mutual interest between the Pirates and Chan Ho Park to have the veteran right-handed reliever return to Pittsburgh in 2011.
General manager Neal Huntington has spoken with Park's agent, and both sides have made it known that they would like to continue the dialogue throughout the offseason.
"We've expressed some interest and he has expressed some interest," Huntington said. "But again, it's got to be the right fit for him, and it has to be the right fit for us. We're working through what that might be or may not be."
It's unlikely that the Pirates would offer Park a guaranteed Major League contract. But the club would have little to lose to bring the 37-year-old pitcher to Spring Training under a Minor League deal with the chance to win an Opening Day roster spot.
Park joined the Pirates in early August after being claimed off waivers from the Yankees. He allowed 11 earned runs on 25 hits in 28 1/3 innings of relief. His stay with the Pirates ended better than it began, though, as Park allowed only five earned runs in his final 23 1/3 innings.
If the Pirates do re-sign Park, it will be as much for Park's off-the-field influence as it is for his on-field results. Huntington has lauded Park's ability to work with the club's younger pitchers, and that's a large reason for the club's continued interest in the South Korea native.
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