In staying true to his love of utility players, Dayton Moore, General Manager of the Kansas City Royals, claimed utility player Jimmy Paredes off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.
Moore evidently holds to the belief that no team can ever have enough dime a dozen utility players on the 40-man roster at any time as he seems to be constantly acquiring them.
Paredes certainly qualifies. Over the past three seasons, the 25-year has played 7 games at second base, 46 at third, 1 in left field, 51 in right field, and has appeared as a pinch hitter in 8.
He has played in 118 total games, amassing 396 plate appearances with a paltry slash of .234/.274/.311/.585. He has 3 home runs, 3 triples, and 13 doubles over his season.
In the minors, his slash line over 7 seasons looks a bit better – .289/.324/.428/.752 – but hardly the stuff of top prospects.
To be frank, this seems like more worthless tinkering for no apparent reason. The Royals released Maikel Cleto, a pitcher with a big arm who had no idea how to throw the ball over the plate. Over his 7 minor league seasons, Cleto has walked an average of 4.3 batters per 9 innings and strikes out only 1.83 for every one he walks.
Cleto pitched decently last summer for the Royals after being claimed from the Cardinals but not well enough to be considered a good prospect.
Jimmy Paredes cannot be considered more than just organizational depth at this point. Considering there is a decent chance the Royals start the season without a utility infielder at all, and Kansas City already has Pedro Ciriaco and Christian Colon in Omaha, so this makes wasting a roster spot on Paredes even more puzzling.
Unless, of course, Moore has decided he would feel better with Paredes on the roster instead of Danny Valencia because of his greater versatility.
Moore is still looking to get lucky with all his dart throwing, and that is all right to a certain point. It just seems we have seen our share of utility fielders shuffled around in this organization.