Tigers re-sign Parnell to minor-league contract

Two days after the Tigers released Bobby Parnell, the right-handed reliever was back in the clubhouse at Joker Marchant Stadium. The team announced Wednesday it has re-signed the former Mets closer to a minor-league contract.

Parnell was seen boarding the team bus to Sarasota for Wednesday night’s game against the Orioles. Though he’s expected to open the season pitching at Triple-A Toledo, his return gives the Tigers a potentially critical addition as the season goes on.

The Tigers signed Parnell to a minor-league deal with a non-roster invite as camp began last month, hoping to see a pickup in arm strength in his second season back from arm troubles. Parnell gave up nine runs on 15 hits over 9 1/3 innings with eight walks and eight strikeouts, but five of those runs and five hits came in one-third of an inning against the Blue Jays last Tuesday. His stuff improved as camp went along, including a fastball that registered at 96 mph on the Joker Marchant Stadium during a scoreless inning with two strikeouts Sunday against the Astros.

Parnell had enough Major League service time to qualify for an opt-out and a retention bonus, forcing the Tigers to either add him to the Major League roster by Tuesday or offer him $100,000 to stick around. Detroit released him ahead of the deadline Monday afternoon, but hoped all along to bring him back if no big-league opportunities were available for him elsewhere.

The Tigers are hoping for a similar decision from infielder Casey McGehee, who was released Tuesday under similar conditions but could return on a minor-league deal. The veteran was believed to be weighing his options as of Wednesday afternoon.


Good move.

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Very good!! Hoping the same happens with McGehee. Would love to have them both in Toledo!!

Not sure what Parnell’s out pitch is. The breaking ball he was throwing earlier this spring was mediocre at best. He’s going to need more movement on that to make his fastball more effective.

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