Parnell was released by the White Sox on Monday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Parnell was signed to a minor-league pact in the beginning of June, but the right-hander got shelled in Triple-A -- in 13.1 innings of work, he allowed 17 earned runs on 25 hits. His MLB experience may give him some notoriety on the free-agent market, but his best days appear to be behind him.
Parnell exercised the opt-out clause in his minor-league deal Friday to become a free agent, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Parnell posted a 4.71 ERA over 21 innings with Triple-A Omaha. The 32-year-old right-hander could latch on with another organization this season but probably will top out as a depth pitcher.
Parnell was reassigned to the Royals' minor league camp Monday, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports. Injury woes have derailed a once-promising career for Parnell, who spent most of last season with Triple-A Toledo in the Tigers organization. After submitting an uninspiring 3.95 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 43.1 innings with Toledo, Parnell will need to show dramatic improvement for Triple-A Omaha before the Royals consider adding him to the 40-man roster.
Parnell received a spring training invite from the Royals on Saturday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Parnell hasn't shown major league effectiveness since receiving Tommy John surgery in April 2014, so this is strictly a reclamation project for the Royals. He has shown top-shelf bullpen stuff in the past, it's just a question if he will ever be able to find that stuff again.
Parnell has cleared waivers and been released by the Tigers. Parnell's performance was unimpressive in the MLB this season, as he allowed four runs over just 5.1 innings (six games). However, his career ERA and WHIP in the majors are 3.82 and 1.44, respectively. While these aren't phenomenal marks, a team may be interested in Parnell to add depth to their bullpen, whether it be with the big club or a minor league affiliate.
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