Baltimore Orioles Sign Chris Parmelee to Minor League Deal

The Baltimore Orioles have signed 1B/OF Chris Parmelee to a minor league contract, according to NBC Sports.

Parmelee hit .256 for the Minnesota Twins last season with seven home runs and a career high 28 RBI. In four seasons with Minnesota, the former first round pick hit .249 with 24 home runs and 85 runs batted in. The Twins designated Parmelee for assignment last month to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for starting pitcher Ervin Santana.

He never lived up to his first round draft status with the Twins after many pegged him as a potential replacement at first base for former MVP Justin MorneauParmelee was an opening day starter in both 2012 and 2013, but he failed to remain a regular in the Major League lineup at any point during his tenure with the Twins.

With a few flashes of power over his short, Parmelee can be an effective bat off the bench as a reserve corner outfielder and first baseman. His time in the Twin Cities did include a few bright spots here and there, including a walk off home run off of Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara last May, but Parmelee will be 27-years old next month so there isn’t too much upside with bringing him in.

Parmelee could wind up competing for a roster spot with 29-year old outfielder David Lough, who hit .247 with four home runs and 16 runs batted in over 147 at-bats with Baltimore last year.

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