Parsons signed a one-year, $400,000 contract Monday with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization, Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports. The deal also includes up to $200,000 in incentives. Parsons was part of the Rockies' 60-man roster pool in 2020, but he failed to earn a callup from the organization's alternate training site at any point during the 60-game campaign. Since Parsons likely would have had to settle for a minor-league deal had he elected to continue his career in North America, he'll instead move across the Pacific for more financial security. Look for Parsons to seize a prominent spot in the bullpen for the Dinos, the KBO's reigning champions.
Parsons will be added to the Rockies' 60-man roster, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. Parsons will join the players at the alternate site at Albuquerque once the season starts, so he is not guaranteed to pitch in the majors this season. He was reportedly converting back to being a starter this spring after working in a long relief role in 2019.
Parsons will pitch as a starter this season after spending last season in a relief role, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. All of Parsons' 33 big-league appearances to date have come out of the bullpen. He hasn't had much success, struggling to a 5.67 ERA and an awful 29:32 K:BB. It's hard to see him making much of an impact in the Rockies' rotation this season, and harder still to see a pitcher with his shaky track record becoming a viable fantasy option at Coors Field.
Parsons signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Saturday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. Parsons got his biggest taste of major-league experience in 2019 as he logged 34.2 innings with the Braves and Rockies, but he stumbled to a 5.45 ERA with a 26:29 K:BB. The bulk of his work will likely come at the Triple-A level next season, where he's been more effective over the past two seasons with a 3.11 ERA and 130:46 K:BB. The report doesn't explicitly say so, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the right-hander in major-league camp for spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Parsons was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Wednesday. Parsons was claimed off waivers from the Braves in August and once again gets exposed to the waiver wire. The 27-year-old posted a 3.52 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 17 outings for Atlanta, but he struggled even more in Colorado with a 6.98 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in 15 appearances.
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