….is this morning’s bombshell (said in Chet Coppock voice), courtesy of the Daily News’ Adam Rubin (thanks to Maura Johnston for the heads up) that your New York Metropolitians are about to sign P Chan Ho Park to a one-year, $3 million pact with a club option for 2009.

(cartoon by Choi Hoon, Naver.com, used sans permission)

Park, a 33-year-old righthander, went 7-7 with a 4.81 ERA in 24 appearances (21 starts) for the Padres last season. He made $15 million in ’06, in the final year of a five-year, $65 million contract agent Scott Boras negotiated with the Rangers in December 2001. Park has a 113-87 record in 13 years with the Dodgers, Rangers and Padres.

The Padres reportedly recently offered Park an opportunity to re-sign as a long-relief/spot starter – a role Jorge Sosa also could occupy with the Mets.

While I’m still trying to come to grips with the notion of Death Wish as a $25 million man (you can buy a lot of Mighty Joe Young bootlegs with that kind of money —- or a proper haircut), I’m completely disheartened by Mike Schmidt’s recent remarks blasting the heck out of Pat Burrell. If Schmidt persists in slagging off current Phillies starlets, there won’t be anything left for Dallas Green to talk about.