02/04/09 5:29 PM EST
O's playing southpaw shuffle
Club signs lefty Parrish to Minor League deal after losing Burres
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
Parrish, who was drafted by the Orioles in 1996, has pitched for parts of eight seasons in Baltimore. He last pitched for the Orioles in 2007, when he notched a 2-2 record with a 5.40 ERA before being traded to Seattle. Parrish surfaced in Toronto last year, splitting 13 appearances between the bullpen and rotation and racking up a 4.04 ERA.
Parrish has spent the vast majority of his big league career as a reliever, making just 16 starts in 174 appearances. Still, the 31-year-old will get an opportunity to compete for a rotation berth on Baltimore's Opening Day roster. The Orioles are also considering auditioning Danys Baez, who has been a reliever for most of his career.
Burres, who was placed on waivers earlier in the week when Baltimore acquired Rich Hill, will vie for a job with a pitching-depleted division rival. Burres went 13-18 for the Orioles over the past two seasons and worked to an ERA over 5.90 in each. For his career, Burres has allowed 32 home runs in 260 innings.