“As I perceive it, he’s going to work out stateside for the offseason,” Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey stated. “He’ll be right here for the whole thing of the offseason.”
Park, 31, has not been again to Goal Subject since ending his Purple Wings season with park-adjusted manufacturing that was proper at league common for the Worldwide League. After lacking a month early within the yr with a strained hamstring, Park hit .253 with a .308 on-base proportion and a .415 slugging proportion.
He hit simply 14 house runs in 111 video games whereas putting out 28.6 % of the time.
How has Park dealt with this adversity after signing a 4-yr, $12 million deal to go away the Korea Baseball Group after 2015?
“Extremely professionally,” Falvey stated. “He is a man who’s clearly had plenty of success (within the KBO). He is had some ups and downs now in his profession over right here. I feel he is aware of that. I view it equally. He must focus and develop in several areas and management what he can management, which is play and be the perfect he could be.
“What he cannot management are the alternatives right here. That is one thing we need to ensure he understands. If the time presents or the chance presents, we would like him to be prepared when the time comes.”
Towards that finish, the Twins have mentioned having Park journey to Fort Myers, Fla., to remain prepared for a possible postseason alternative ought to accidents strike the Twins in October. Left off the forty-man roster since early February, Park can be postseason-eligible however nicely down the listing of potential choices.
“That is a doomsday state of affairs, I might guess,” Falvey stated. “Anybody who’s going there can be in the most effective place. We’re not going to play video games. Will probably be extra conventional educational league, however we might probably use anyone down there at that time.”
Whereas working within the Cleveland Indians entrance workplace, Falvey noticed the advantages of holding additional gamers near house. Simulated video games have been scheduled between rounds with a view to hold reserves sharp in case of an damage on the postseason roster.
“It was simpler to maintain them with you for probably the most half,” Falvey stated. “That approach you did not have to fret about journey points if there was an damage. I feel, by and enormous, most of them are right here. We have to trim down what we now have right here to go to 25. Past that, I would not anticipate any.”
As for Park, who has two years and $6.5 million left on his contract (plus a membership choice for 2020), the Twins haven’t any cause to consider he is able to throw within the towel on…