Park Hyo-joon did not participate → Release → FA succeeded in ‘remaining ML’ contract with OAK after twists and turns
After a big league release jeopardized his chances of extending his stay in the U.S., Hyo-Jun Park has found a new home. The destination is Oakland.
“Park Hyo-joon signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics on the 21st of this month,” said CBS Sports, a local American media outlet.
Park headed to the United States in 2014 while still a student at Yatap High School, signing with the New York Yankees for $1.16 million. At the time, Park chose to pursue his dream despite offers from KBO clubs. In 2021, he made his big league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates, becoming the 25th Korean leaguer in history.레모나토토 도메인
In 2022, Park batted .216 with two home runs and six RBIs in 23 games for Pittsburgh. However, Park has been on a downward spiral ever since. He was released by the Boston Red Sox and moved to Atlanta, where he spent the season on the disabled list before hitting .262 with six home runs, 16 doubles, 42 RBIs, and 49 runs scored in 101 games for the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A affiliate, the Gwinnett Strikers.
However, he couldn’t overcome Atlanta’s depth chart and didn’t play a single game in the big leagues, and was eventually released once again.
Park then naturally became a free agent. While he could have entered the KBO, this would have put his career on hold.
According to the KBO’s Baseball Rules, the “Rookie Player” section states that “a rookie player who has attended high school or higher in Korea and has signed a player contract with a foreign professional team without being registered as a member of a Korean professional team may not sign a player contract with a KBO team for two years from the date the player contract with the foreign professional team ends.
Under this provision, even if Bic Hyo-joon returned to Korea, he would not be able to play in the KBO for two years until 2025.
After a series of twists and turns, Park found a new team and is expected to stay with the Oakland A’s until they move to Las Vegas. Oakland went 50-112 this season, with the lowest winning percentage (0.309) in the majors.
Notably, the Major League Baseball owners’ meetings on Sunday unanimously approved a proposal to move Oakland to Las Vegas beginning in the 2025 season.
The rebuilding Oakland team will provide plenty of opportunities for Park, who is looking to reenter the major leagues.
“Park has a great opportunity to rebound in Oakland, where the A’s lost 112 games last year,” said CBS Sports, “and he’ll likely start the 2024 season in Triple-A.”