The addition of a career .257 hitter generally isn't much of a move for a major league ball club. However, when you're the Phillies, who are hitting .232 as a team, adding a guy like Jimmy Paredes is considered an upgrade. Paredes joins the Phillies after a short stint with the Toronto Blue Jays, who claimed him off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles a little more than two weeks ago. At the time, the Phillies also put in a claim for Paredes, but the Blue Jays were awarded Paredes because they're in the same league as Baltimore and players go through waivers starting with the league that the team that placed them on waivers is a part of.
After playing in seven games with the Blue Jays, Paredes was designated for assignment by Toronto on Monday after they recalled pitcher Ryan Tepera from Buffalo. Rather than risking losing another waiver claim, the Phillies were able to work out a cash deal with Toronto to acquire Paredes. The 27-year old was immediately placed on the major league roster and utility player Emmanuel Burriss was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for the newcomer.
Last season, Paredes set a career-high with 10 home runs while playing in 104 games with Baltimore. Coming into last season, Paredes had just five home runs in 145 major league games with the Astros, Royals and Orioles. This season, Paredes opened the year on the DL with a wrist injury and completed a minor league rehab assignment on May 15th. The Orioles placed him on waivers and the Blue Jays won the claim, activated him from the DL and added him to their major league roster.
In his career, Paredes has a slash line of 16-83-.257/.294/.373 in 256 major league games. He has played both corner outfield positions and both corner infield positions during his career and is a switch-hitter. In his career, Paredes has hit better left-handed, batting .271 against righties, while hitting just .201 against southpaws. He has also hit 15 of his 16 career home runs as a left-handed hitter.
Burriss was seeing very little playing time with the Phillies and had hit just .121 (4-for-33) in 27 games this season. The Phillies now have ten days to trade, release or outright Burriss. If he clears waivers, it's likely that the Phillies would outright him to Lehigh Valley, but Burriss wouldn't have to accept the assignment and could elect to become a free agent.
Jimmy Paredes career stats