The Mariners continue to hang tough in the American League West race, and they made a small trade Thursday to get some bullpen help. Seattle acquired John Parrish from the Orioles in exchange for minor league outfielder Sebastien Boucher and either a player to be named or cash considerations. Parrish become the fourth lefthander in the Mariners bullpen, joining Erik O’Flaherty, Ryan Rowland-Smith and George Sherrill.
Update: Baltimore received cash considerations to complete the deal.
|The Big Leaguers|
|Parrish, 29, returned to the mound this year after missing all of 2006 following Tommy John surgery in July 2005. He throws harder than most lefthanders—Parrish has a low-90s fastball and a hard breaking ball—but command woes have led to only sporadic success. He has gone 2-2, 5.40 in 45 games this year, with a 36-33 K-BB ratio in 42 innings. Opponents are batting .252 with two homers against him. Parrish is making $575,000 this year and won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2008 season. He has a career record of 12-12, 4.52 with one save in 153 big league games.|
|Boucher, a 25-year-old Canadian, signed as a seventh-round pick out of Bethune-Cookman in 2004. His best tool is his speed, which rates as a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale, and he plays a good center field. However, Boucher is going to have to step up his offensive production to reach the majors. He has hit .238/.337/.312 with two homers, 23 RBIs and 16 steals in 86 games between Double-A West Tenn and Triple-A Tacoma this year.|
|Parrish seems redundant in Seattle, which is getting effective work from its other lefty relievers. Boucher’s inconsistent contact and lack of power make him more of an organization player than a prospect.|