July 7, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Parra throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park. The Astros defeated the Brewers 6-3. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

Reds Sign Manny Parra, Designate Todd Redmond for Assignment

So you were wondering when the Reds were going to sign a lefty reliever? Well, they did today.

John Fay tweets that Cincy inked Manny Parra, last of the Milwaukee Brewers, and designated Todd Redmond for assignment.

Two things here…

First, I was a bit befuddled when the Reds signed Redmond to a major league deal. He will go down in Reds “lore” as being “the guy” that gained a start and thus “preventing” all 2012 Reds starters from starting all 162 games of the season. He hurled the second game of a double-header against the Cubs (which was a make-up game) and lasted only 3.1 innings.

Second, about Parra. Sure he’s a lefty. He also has experience as both a starter and a reliever. I have serious doubts that being a starter played into this decision. Again, he’s a lefty, but his career splits against lefty batters are not impressive: .267/.349/.417.

Parra’s GABP numbers aren’t horrible (2-1, 4.50 ERA, 1.633 WHIP), but they won’t knock your socks off either. This might be more of a signal that there is very little available as far as lefty relief arms. In fact, there’s practically none.

Look at the Parra signing as a grab, and I doubt you would get any substantial argument. Then again, the only other lefty reliever on what we could project to be the 25-man is Sean Marshall.

Well, you may feel inclined to also point to another: Aroldis Chapman.

I know. I may have started something.

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  • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

    I think that is a good pickup. We really need a southpaw out there in the pen that can go a few innings if necessary. I don’t know who he could bump, but the rest of them should look over their shoulder: Arredondo, Simon?

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      If it was a lefty Walt was looking for, there was nothing else out there…unless you bring back Wil Ohman on a minor league deal.

      To be honest, I’m not sure if any of the relievers need to look over their shoulder, lefty or not.

      • Josh Bresser

        Rich Hill wouldn’t have been a bad option.

        Last 3 years in Boston out of the bullpen: 1.15 ERA/ 10.35 k/9. Plus, he’s a lefty.

        Granted, those are pretty small samples because of his injury issues. He was most healthy with Chicago, and he was a decent reliever there, although not 1.15 ERA good. He has a better track record than Parra anyway.

        • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

          And both have gaudy BB/9 as well. Actually, they’re ugly.

  • metalhead65

    is having another lefty such a big deal they have to give a million dollars to a guy who sucks as bad as parra? one of the big problems for the brewers was their bullpen last year and he was a big reason why it was so bad. I am all for trying to get a bargain but does walt even bother to look at why guys like this are available? is it possible he and that catcher they signed had any connection to the cardinals? I know he can’t resist signing any washed up former members of that team.

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      You can breathe a little easier as neither are connected to the Cards. Some like the deal, but I’m with you on Parra, and I don’t believe he’s a lock to make the 25-man either. Lefty or not.

      Olivo signed a minor league deal and received an invite to spring training as a non-roster player. He’s insurance in case Mesoraco struggles, kind of like Navarro last year.

      • metalhead65

        I don’t see how signing a guy who bats .212 is a upgrade should mesoraco struggle. he needs consistent playing time to see if he can do the job or not. I know he is not ready to play over hannigan but I don’t see how you can expect him show what he can do catching just a couple of games a week. unless there is something going on with him we do not know about he should get regular playing time struggling or not. but dusty will bench him the first time he goes into a slump. they may as well call up corky if they need another catcher and it won’t cost them anything.

        • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

          Whoa. Upgrade? Where was that said? Unless you’re associating the success Navarro had as a Red, upgrade was never said. Difference between upgrade and insurance. I chose the “insurance” route as Olivo is not an upgrade. Now that I think about it, Olivo could help in Mesoraco’s development as he has 11 years MLB experience.

          Not a bad trio of guys to learn from in Hanigan, Corky and Olivo. Could have worse.

          As far as Mes and playing time, I do think he will get a little more this year. Said so here – http://blogredmachine.com/2012/12/19/reds-in-2013-the-catchers/

          Some speculate he will get more than Hanigan. Not seeing that yet.