Parker threw two scoreless innings in Friday's loss to the White Sox, striking out four batters while not allowing a single baserunner. Parker kept the game tied in the 10th and 11th innings, retiring all six batters he faced without allowing a ball to leave the infield. He's now struck out six batters in three innings since joining the Phillies.
Parker signed a major-league contract with Philadelphia on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Parker was designated for assignment by the Twins on Wednesday, and after declining a minor-league assignment, he elected free agency. His trip to the open market didn't last long, however, as he managed to ink a big-league contract just a day after becoming a free agent. Parker has posted a 4.21 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 36.1 innings this season.
Parker declined an outright assignment to Triple-A Rochester and elected free agency Monday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. The Twins retained Parker's rights after he went unclaimed off waivers, but the right-hander's five-plus years of MLB service time allow him to refuse the minor-league assignment. Parker had served as the Twins' closer for a period earlier in the season and notched 10 saves in 11 chances, but his poor underlying numbers (5.35 FIP, 11.5 K-BB%) ultimately resulted in him moving into a low-leverage role before Minnesota cut bait. The 34-year-old seems unlikely to resurface as a meaningful bullpen piece again in 2019, but he at least shouldn't have to wait long to find work elsewhere.
Parker was designated for assignment Wednesday. He contributed to giving away Tuesday's classic game against the Yankees by surrendering four runs while recording just one out, and that was apparently the final straw. Parker has a 7.11 ERA and 1.79 WHIP with 20 strikeouts over his last 19 innings, but did tally 10 saves earlier in the year before losing the job to Taylor Rogers.
Parker was activated off the paternity list Friday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Parker landed on the paternity list last week and also took advantage of the All-Star break to attend the birth of his child. The 34-year-old split save chances with Taylor Rogers through the first half of the season and that figures to continue out of the break.