Yankees Sign Chris Parmelee to Minor League Deal
The Yankees have signed 1B/OF Chris Parmelee to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training on Sunday night, according to Parmelee’s Instagram.
Parmelee, 27, is a southern California native taken as the 20th overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Minnesota Twins.
He played last season with the Baltimore Orioles, producing a stat line of .216/.255/.433 in 32 games and .314/.386/.444 in 63 Triple-A games. He’s a career .245/.311/.396 hitter with total 28 home runs, a 7.9% walk rate, and a 23.5% strikeout rate in 1,003 MLB plate appearances.
He’ll add some needed depth at first base for the Yankees after backup first baseman Greg Bird‘s injury.
Bird will miss the entire 2016 season due to shoulder surgery and the Yankees could use all the depth they could get with a questionable Dustin Ackley as the backup first baseman.
New York had interest in Ike Davis before he decided to sign with the Texas Rangers. Parmelee would likely head over to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre once the season begins, and hopefully we won’t see him in the Bronx. I assume he’ll remain in Triple-A as long as Mark Teixeira stays healthy.