Phillies Acquire Utility Man Paredes From The Blue Jays
The Phillies made a move to add some offense to their Major League roster today. The Phillies announced that they have acquired utility player Jimmy Paredes from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade. The Phillies will send a player to be named or cash considerations to the Blue Jays in the deal, the team announced.
Paredes is a utility player who is very versatile. Paredes plays both the infield and the outfield, while serving as a switch hitter. In 2016 alone, Paredes has seen time at third base, second base, left field, and right field. Paredes comes to the Phillies after stints with the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays.
The Phillies actually reportedly placed a claim on Paredes when the Blue Jays claimed Paredes. Because the Phillies had a better record, the Blue Jays were awarded the claim. But with a roster crunch in Toronto, the Blue Jays shipped Paredes to the Phillies.
Paredes is batting .267 so far in 2016 in just 15 at bats split between the Orioles and Blue Jays after coming off the disabled list for a wrist injury. In 104 games with the Blue Jays in 2015, Paredes hit .275 with 10 home runs and 42 runs batted in. Paredes has also played for the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals since his Major League career began in 2011.
The Phillies also announced that they moved right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Paredes on the 40-man roster. However, to make room for Paredes on the 25-man roster, the Phillies then designated for assignment the contract of Emmanuel Burriss. The Phillies will have 10 days to trade or release Burriss, though Burriss may be offered a spot in the minors to accept if he so chooses.
The moves leave the Phillies 40-man roster at 39. The rehabbing Mario Hollands will need a 40-man roster spot within the next week so, which should make the roster full.