With the Minnesota Twins being sellers once again during the trade deadline portion of Major League Baseball, any and all options will be explored. As pieces are moved, likely to create room for future assets, there is a handful of options that the Twins could present to contending teams. Chris Parmelee could end up representing just that.
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Parmelee, yes the same guy who cleared waivers and went unclaimed by every single Major League team earlier this year, could find himself having some value for the Twins.
As a 2006 first round draft pick by the Twins, his ceiling was likely expected to be higher than what he has produced in the big leagues thus far. However, a strong summer has shown that he may be figuring some things out.
Since June 2, Parmelee has batted to a slash line of .319/.354/.418. While his power numbers aren’t there (1 home run in 96 plate appearances), he does have the ability in his bat. Also, as a left-handed hitter, he presents an intriguing lineup option.
With the ability to play first base, or in either corner of the outfield, Parmelee offers potential buyers some defensive flexibility as well.
Unfortunately for the Twins, Chris Parmelee doesn’t figure to bring too much back in return. However, if they deem that he isn’t a part of their future plans, and he is a piece that could be moved, this may be the time to do so.
At this point there is no strong indication that Parmelee has any teams hot on his trail, but should the Twins be able to find some value in what they would find in return, he could be a name that could be a lineup addition for a contender.