RP - CLE
The Indians and right-handed reliever Blake Parker are in agreement on a minor league deal. The pact is non-guaranteed but carries $2.5 million in potential incentives. Parker was reportedly deciding between three offers, including one major league deal.
At 35 years old, Parker will provide Cleveland with a low-risk veteran presence. He is set to join the team for Spring Training in hopes of securing a bullpen role in the majors. The eight-year MLB veteran posted a 2.81 ERA over 16 innings with the Phillies last season. He allowed just five earned runs on 12 hits while amassing 25 strikeouts and nine walks.
Reliever Blake Parker's contract was selected by the Phillies on Tuesday as the team attempts to right a bullpen that currently boasts a league-worst 9.87 ERA.
Parker is a veteran arm who saved 10 games for the Phillies last season, but he did so with a 4.55 ERA. He'll presumably be given an opportunity to compete for high-leverage innings, but he currently only has value in deeper leagues that reward for holds.
Free agent reliever Blake Parker has agreed to a major league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to a report from MLB insider Ken Rosenthal.
Parker was designated for assignment by the Twins and ultimately released last week, making him a free agent. He pitched to a 4.21 ERA and 34 strikeouts over 36 1/3 innings this season but has a career ERA of just 3.42 and was a solid back-end option for Minnesota the last two seasons. The Phillies are desperate for pitching help across the board, and Parker should immediately step into late-inning work in Philadelphia.
Minnesota Twins reliever Blake Parker pitched a scoreless inning in a 5-3 loss to Oakland on Friday. Parker struck out one in the frame.
Relegated to setup duties after opening the season as the team's closer, Parker now has a 3.34 ERA,1.29 WHIP, 10 saves, and 32 strikeouts in 35 innings.
Blake Parker was placed on the paternity list Friday.
Parker will step away from the team for a few days to attend the birth of his child. He will most likely rejoin the team after the All-Star break. Kohl Stewart was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to give the Twins another option out of the bullpen.