Park Chan-ho Hopes to Play for New Team Next Year
South Korea's Park Chan-ho of the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday expressed hope that he will sign with a different Major League Baseball team next year to get a chance to pitch as a starter.
Park, who played as a reliever this year with an earned run average of 3.40, also said at a press meeting in Seoul that he may skip the coming World Baseball Classic competition to better prepare for the new Major League season, according to Yonhap News.
"There is a great possibility that I may move to a different team next season," said the 35-year-old, the first South Korean ever to play in the U.S. League. "I doubt the Dodgers will let me pitch as a starter."
After a disappointing season in 2007 when he spent most of his time in the Minor League, Park made an impressive comeback this year, grabbing four wins, four losses and two saves in 54 games.
Park added that unless he signs a two-year contract with a team, he will likely skip the WBC.
"It seems I won't be participating," he said, adding it could threaten his chances of securing a spot in the starting bullpen.
"If there is a team that wants a one-year contract with me, I'll have to focus more on the next season" rather than the WBC, he said.
According to his agent, Park will return to the United States after staying in his home country for a month and attending a baseball competition named after him.