Chris Parmelee announces on Instagram that he signed with the Yankees
First baseman and outfielder Chris Parmelee made an Instagram post on Sunday night announcing that he signed with the Yankees. It seems safe to assume that it is a minor league contract.
Parmelee, 27, hit a paltry .216/.255/.433 with four home runs and nine RBI in 102 plate appearances with the Orioles last season and has been a subpar hitter over parts of five seasons in the majors overall. The Yankees lost Greg Bird to right shoulder surgery earlier this month, which repaired a torn labrum, so the addition of Parmelee makes sense. Parmelee can also back up in the outfield if needed.
Parmelee hit much better at Triple-A Norfolk last year, posting an .830 OPS over 272 plate appearances, and he doesn’t carry a platoon split. One could do much worse with depth additions.