Jarrett Parker

MLB free agency: Former Giants OF Jarrett Parker signs with Angels

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MLB free agency: Former Giants OF Jarrett Parker signs with Angels

Former Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker has signed a minor-league deal with the Angels, according to FanCred's Jon Heyman.

Parker's deal with the Angels also reportedly has a foreign team inquiry clause. If a team overseas offers Parker a contract, he can opt for that route and get out of his deal with Los Angeles. 

The former second-round pick did not play on any team last season. After being released by the Giants on March 26, right before the 2018 season, Parker continued to rehab from complications with his shoulder injury the year before. 

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In a mid-April home game against the Rockies, Parker made a sensational grab as he ran into the left field wall. But the catch probably wasn't worth it. He fractured his right clavicle and didn't return to the Giants until early August. 

Over three years of partial playing time for the Giants, Parker hit .257 with 15 home runs in 135 games. The left-handed hitter showed plenty of pop at times, but couldn't find consistency at the plate.

Giants release Jarrett Parker

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Giants release Jarrett Parker

LOS ANGELES -- The end of Jarrett Parker's run on the 40-man roster was also the end of his time in the Giants organization.

Parker cleared waivers and was released, general manager Bobby Evans said. He is currently a free agent. Parker entered the spring with no minor league options remaining and was designated for assignment after he was told he would not make the team. The Giants also have a packed outfield at Triple-A -- Steven Duggar, Mac Williamson, Chris Shaw, Austin Slater -- so they chose to let Parker look for other opportunities.

The 29-year-old was supposed to have a shot at winning the left field job a year ago but a broken clavicle destroyed his season. In 135 career games with the Giants, Parker hit .257 with 15 homers.

--- Bochy announced that Ty Blach will also start the home opener. The Giants will use a four-man rotation until April 10. Blach threw five shutout innings in Thursday's season-opener.

--- Jeff Samardzija played catch at 90 feet and felt good. Bochy could not say yet when Samardzija (pectoral strain) will get back on the mound. The initial timeframe was three to four weeks.

--- Tony Watson won't be a left-on-left lefty. Bochy let him face Yasiel Puig on Thursday (he struck him out) and said for the most part Watson will get the full eighth. Cory Gearrin is the one back-end reliever who may see more of a matchup role.

--- The Giants never had an issue with the new mound visit rule in the opener. They had two left, and that was after Posey visited Gearrin twice and Strickland once late in the game.

"We're not going to really pay much attention to it until we have a couple (visits) left," Bochy said.

It's easy to keep track. Visits are listed on the scoreboard at Dodger Stadium.

--- Gregor Blanco will start in center field on Saturday against Kenta Maeda. Playing time will be bit harder to come by for other backups because of the early off days, but Bochy may play Nick Hundley against lefty Rich Hill on Sunday. Hundley had a big spring. 

--- Bochy on having Blanco and Pablo Sandoval back on his bench: "They bring passion for the game and energy. They're keeping it loose. They're both great in the dugout."

Giants designate OF Jarrett Parker for assignment

Giants designate OF Jarrett Parker for assignment

SAN FRANCISCO — A year ago at this time, Jarrett Parker was preparing for his shot to be the Giants left fielder. Now he may be headed elsewhere. 

Parker was designated for assignment, manager Bruce Bochy announced, to clear a roster spot for Derek Holland. A left-handed starter, Holland made the team with a strong spring and will take Jeff Samardzija’s spot in the rotation, starting Saturday against the Dodgers. Holland will follow Ty Blach and Johnny Cueto, with Chris Stratton rounding out the group. 

Parker, 29, has always shown intriguing power potential, but has never been able to grab a full time job. His best opportunity was shredded last April when he injured his clavicle crashing into a wall at AT&T Park. In 135 games for the Giants, Parker hit .257 with 15 homers in 342 at-bats. He came into this spring out of options and struggled early, falling behind other outfield candidates like Gregor Blanco, Gorkys Hernandez and Steven Duggar. If Parker is not claimed by another team, the Giants will send him to Triple-A Sacramento.