Parker agreed to a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Twins on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Parker has found a new home after being non-tendered by the Angels earlier in the offseason. The veteran right-hander figures to immediately join the late-inning conversation in Minnesota after posting a 3.26 ERA and 70:19 K:BB in 66.1 innings with Los Angeles in 2018. That said, Parker struggled with homers (1.6 HR/9) and indicators suggest his ERA was nearly a run better than it should have been (4.40 FIP), suggesting he may be better suited for a setup role while Trevor May takes the ninth inning.
The Angels declined to tender Parker a contract for next season, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Parker will become a free agent after posting a 3.26 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with a 70:19 K:BB over 66.1 innings a season ago out of the bullpen. He spent the previous two years in Los Angeles but will search for opportunities elsewhere over the offseason.
Parker fired a scoreless inning while giving up a hit and striking out two in Tuesday's 9-7 win over the Athletics. Parker entered the game in the seventh inning protecting a three-run lead, opening the door for Ty Buttrey to pick up the save. The latter appears to have surpassed Parker as the Halos' primary closing option after converting each of the team's last three save chances. The 33-year-old hasn't done anything to warrant losing the role (3.06 ERA over 64.2 innings this year); this just appears to be a situation where the club is testing out Buttrey in high-leverage situations with nothing left to play for.
Parker was credited with a hold after recording two outs in Sunday's 1-0 win over the White Sox. Parker took the mound in the ninth inning in a save situation, but a hit batsman followed by a single caused manager Mike Scioscia to turn to Jose Alvarez to record the game's final out. This wasn't a blowup by any means, so Parker should retain his status as the Halos' closer after converting 14 of 17 save chances this season.
Parker gave up a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to pick up his 13th save of the season in a 3-0 win over the Astros. Curiously, he threw exactly 13 strikes and 13 balls in collecting his 13th save, but Parker's luck held firm after a leadoff walk to Tyler White got erased by a double play. While he hasn't had much ninth-inning work recently, Parker has converted all three of his chances since the All-Star break, posting a 3.94 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 15:5 K:BB through 16 innings in the second half.