Phillies Acquire Jimmy Paredes

UPDATE 3:27 PM ET: As expected, the Phillies have officially added Paredes to the 25-man roster and designated Emmanuel Burriss for assignment.

It’s not much, but it’s something. After reportedly placing a waiver claim on Jimmy Paredes when the Orioles designated him for assignment, and then losing said claim to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Phillies had a second crack at acquiring their guy. The Blue Jays DFA’d Paredes on Monday and today the Phillies announced they have successfully acquired him this time.

Although there hasn’t been a corresponding move announced to put Paredes on the 25-man roster, there’s a reasonable chance that this will result in the end of Emmanuel Burriss‘ tenure on the big league roster. Burriss made the Opening Day roster in large part due to his ability to handle both infield and outfield positions. Through 36 plate appearances he’s posted a .407 OPS which is worse than the OPS of three different members of the Phillies starting rotation — Jerad Eickhoff (20 PA, .450 OPS), Vince Velasquez (20 PA, .627 OPS), Jeremy Hellickson (20 PA, .466 OPS). We’re well past the point where Burriss has begun to overstay his welcome on the 25-man roster.

New Phillie Jimmy Paredes is a 27-year-old switch-hitter who has played second base, third base, and both corner outfield positions throughout his major league career. Prior to being picked up by Toronto, he hit .309/.377/.471 across three minor league levels for the Orioles this season. In extremely limited play with Toronto (just 17 plate appearances) he posted a .267/.353/.533 slashline which is well above his career major league line of .257/.294/.373. Since 2014, however, he’s put up league average numbers  (99 OPS+) at the plate through 466 plate appearances spanning time with Kansas City, Baltimore, and Toronto.

Although he’s a switch-hitter, he does have a pronounced platoon split over his career with a .705 OPS against righties and a .511 OPS against lefties. As a result, one possible way the team could use him is as an occasional starter or pinch-hit replacement for Peter Bourjos and/or Tyler Goeddel when a right-hander is on the mound.

It also may be worth noting that Phillies Assistant GM Ned Rice has personal history with Paredes. He was part of the Orioles front office team which acquired Paredes in 2014.

When an offense is as horrendous as the Phillies’ current offense, it’s hard to make moves that do anything but improve the situation. Paredes is not a long term fix, but if he does indeed represent a replacement for Burriss, he could potentially be a temporary fix to stop some of the bleeding and provide more legitimate options for manager Pete Mackanin to use both when forming lineups before a game and finding pinch-hitters on his bench during the game.

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  1. Hitzy

    June 01, 2016 03:41 PM

    Goodbye Burriss!!!!!

  2. Tony

    June 01, 2016 03:55 PM

    Good low-risk moderate-reward move. He didn’t get a meaningful number of ABs against LHP in Toronto, but in 2015 with Baltimore, his platoon splits were actually okay at .740 / .651 which should easily beat anything Lough, Goeddel, or Bourjos can provide.

    The problem is he’s a total butcher in the field — unless he can show some improvement there, he’s probably just a bench bat like Burriss was. But the offensive upside easily justifies the move.

    • Romus

      June 01, 2016 04:23 PM

      Career defensive runs above average….zero or negative. No gold-plated gloves there, but the bat may be worth it in the long run

  3. Scott B

    June 01, 2016 04:26 PM

    Makes sense. They needed to do SOMETHING. And it’s not like Asche has been lighting up AA/AAA pitching on his rehab assignment either.

  4. Paul

    June 01, 2016 04:35 PM

    Looking at overall stats, he should be nothing more than a once-a-week starter (bad defense at all positions) and a late-inning right-handed (all but worthless left-handed) bat off the bench. Some limited pop, but also a strikeout machine at the plate. Kind of a combination of Rollins and Howard, but not a good combination. A limited improvement over Burriss – but then again, I might be, too (based on my little league experience).

    • Dave

      June 02, 2016 08:26 AM

      He’s a better lefty bat. He hits RHP better. So, he’d be on the long side of any platoon/substitution type arrangement… which could make him (marginally) more useful.

  5. Cblakework

    June 01, 2016 04:56 PM

    Good move. Switch hitting is great for the bench, looks like he can man a bunch of different positions, and did decently in his last full time role. Good filler piece, and cheap.

  6. Dante

    June 01, 2016 06:40 PM

    I would expect the team to platoon Goeddel and Lough in RF and do the same with Paredes/Bourjos in LF. This limits the defensive liability as much as possible and maximizes the bats, for what that’s worth anyway.

  7. Dave

    June 02, 2016 09:08 AM

    Of the 5 current corner OF options (Paredes, Bourjos, Goeddel, Lough, Asche), the only platoon OPS splits greater than .700 are:

    Goeddel .746 v RHP (yes, he’s hit RHP better than lefties… very SSS)
    Paredes .704 v RHP
    Asche .703 v RHP

    No one with a .700+ split vs LHP.

    Goeddel needs to play regularly, and is showing flashes that he might be able to handle it. I doubt the Phils would consider platooning him.

    Buorjos/Asche (or Paredes) platoon makes some sense.

    I guess Lough is the odd man out when Asche returns? Though Asche and Paredes skills seem to overlap. So do Bourjos and Lough. Bourjos is better D, and can handle CF very well if needed. Lough is (excess?) LH bat, and 30yo.

    I guess Lough is the odd man out when Asche gets activated?

    Or… dare they… release Howard?

    • Romus

      June 02, 2016 10:05 AM

      ‘Or… dare they… release Howard?’
      I doubt that will happen.
      Next year is plans for the 10th anniversary of ’08, and would be nice if the big guy shows up in some fashion. Then the certain Wall of Fame induction in 4/5 years …again Phillies may not want to ruffle any feathers.
      Do not see it as a big deal on keeping him for another three months!….after Labor Day the call-ups are in and he can be allowed to go home to Florida for the final month and prepare for whatever he will want to do next in his career path.

      • Romus

        June 02, 2016 10:07 AM

        Oops…2018 is the 10th …math is lacking today.

  8. Eddie

    June 02, 2016 01:33 PM

    It’s a small move, but I like it a lot. I’ve watched him in Baltimore, and like him a lot. In addition to everything above, he also runs pretty well and could play shortstop in a pinch. Swings too freely, and isn’t really good at any one position or skill, but is not-terrible at everything. Classic bench guy.

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