Out of the Park: Twins ink deal with Korean superstar Byung-ho Park


The Twins might have hit one out of the park Tuesday with the reported signing of Korea Baseball Organization slugger Byung-ho Park.

Park signed a four-year, $12 million deal with the Twins, who paid just under $13 million to earn exclusive negotiating rights with Park. His yearly salaries will be:

  • 2016: $2.75 million
  • 2017: $3 million
  • 2018: $6.5 million
  • 2019: $6.5 million

The Twins also own a team option for a fifth season worth $6.5 million in 2020, as well as a $500,000 buyout.

Park, 29, played for the Nexen Heroes in the KBO, where he is a two-time league MVP. His numbers over the past two seasons are staggering, having hit a combined 103 home runs while driving in 270 runs.

He'll be a full-time designated hitter for the Twins, a role he says he's fine with.

"I have no problem with being the DH," Park said, via TwinsBaseball.com. "Obviously, I prefer to take the field but I also have to make adjustments in a new environment."

Here's a video with all 53 of his home runs this season.


Park will be introduced to the media at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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