Deepening an already hot competition in spring training, the Chicago Cubs have added left-handed reliever Manny Parra on a minor-league contract. Parra, who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds last season, appeared in 40 games and turned in an ERA of 3.90 and a WHIP of 1.175.
The deal was announced by Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune via Twitter.
Cubs add Manny Parra to camp.
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) February 22, 2016
A one-time starter, Parra moved to the Reds’ bullpen, where his numbers against left-handed batters are pretty impressive. He has less luck with righties, and is more of a situational pitcher. In his career, Parra has limited left-handed batters to a .254/.330/.391 line, while right-handed batters have clipped him at a .290/.370/.440 tune. Parra has the potential to be a serviceable long-relief man.
It won’t be easy to break into that group, but Parra adds more depth and could be kept at the ready at the Triple-A level in case he’s needed.