A couple quick notes for Friday:
- The Twins have announced that they’ve designated Byung Ho Park for assignment. Park, you’ll remember, was connected to the Pirates last offseason — he’d played with Jung Ho Kang in Korea, and the Pirates had a short-term need at first. But Neal Huntington later said he’d worried about how Park would fit beyond 2016 (by which point Josh Bell was set to arrive in the big leagues). Anyway, Park’s strikeout-heavy profile looked like a concern prior to his arrival in the big leagues, and it did prove to be a problem in his first season in Minnesota, in which he struck out 80 times in 244 plate appearances (although he did hit for good power). It’s hard to imagine the Pirates having any interest in him now.
- The Mets, who are looking for lefty relief help, have signed former Pirate Tom Gorzelanny to a minor league deal. Gorzelanny is now 34, and it seems like forever since he made his big-league debut with the Pirates back in 2005. He headed to the Cubs in the trade that netted Josh Harrison for the Bucs, and since then he’s also appeared with the Nats, Brewers, Tigers, Indians and Orioles, making a pretty nice career for himself as a bullpen lefty after flaming out as a starter.