Pirates' interest in Park appears to be waning

Pirates' interest in Park appears to be waning

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Interest in bringing right-hander Chan Ho Park back to Pittsburgh appears to have cooled off.

Park, the only player the Pirates lost to free agency because of Major League service time, is exploring all his options, according to general manager Neal Huntington. At the same time, the Pirates have had discussions with numerous other relievers and don't seem to have Park near the top of their list of targets.

"There hasn't been a ton of dialogue," Huntington said on Tuesday. "With the quality of person that he is and what he did with us, [you] absolutely have to keep an open mind to it. But I'd say things are not imminent at all."

At the end of the season, both Pittsburgh and Park expressed mutual interest in a reunion. It's unknown whether Park is seeking a guaranteed Major League deal, though the Pirates would be unlikely to make such an offer.

Park made 26 relief appearances for the Pirates last season after being claimed off waivers in early August. He posted a 3.49 ERA with 23 strikeouts and seven walks in 28 1/3 innings.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.