The Blue Jays add another bat by claiming Jimmy Paredes off waivers from the Orioles on Monday
While the bullpen has been the defining issue for the Blue Jays so far this season, it’s masked the inability to find hits off the bench. On Monday, GM Ross Atkins attempted to fix that while damaging a divisional rival at the same time. As reported by MASN’s Roch Kubatko, Jimmy Paredes is coming north.
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) May 16, 2016
Paredes has yet to play in the majors this season, spending most of the season on the DL with a strained left wrist. His recent rehab stint offered encouraging signs, as he batted .333 with AAA Norfolk before being waived.
Last season he started the season strong for the Orioles, batting .300 into the All-Star break before slumping to a .275BA with 10 HRs and 42 RBIs in 104 games. Notably, none of those home runs came after Canada Day. Here’s a brief highlight pack of his work from 2015:
Paredes isn’t expected to make an immediate impact on the Blue Jays roster, but he does offer a non-Jesus Montero power option to be called up should he be needed. He’s a switch-hitter, which means he’s a potential left-handed bat, and he’s been much stronger against RHPs (.271 career BA) than LHPs (.203) during his five year career. If he appears in the Rogers Center, it’ll be for his fourth major league team (also spent time with Astros and Royals), but he may have a home, as Paredes carries a lifetime .320 average in Toronto, with two homers in eight games.
In the end, it’s a depth move for the Blue Jays, but it does open more options should the need arise to dip into the minors. It’s a move right out of the AA playbook.