The Miami Marlins have claimed Jimmy Paredes off waivers from the Astros. The loss of Paredes leaves a total of 36 players on the Astros 40-man roster.
News broke a couple of hours ago on Twitter.
A .289 hitter over seven minor league seasons, Jimmy was never able to put it all together at the big league level. Paredes, who turns 25 later this month, is expected to compete for a utility spot on the Marlins roster.
An athletic infielder originally acquired in the Lance Berkman trade, Paredes has been moved from shortstop to 3B, to 2B, to the outfield, back to 2B — well, let’s just say the Astros have had trouble finding a position for him.
Paredes made his big league debut with the Astros on August 1, 2011, hitting .286/.320/.393 over the last two months of the season. But he has been shuffled back and forth between Houston and AAA over the last two seasons and hasn’t been able to come anywhere close to those numbers in the big leagues.
Paredes was a victim of the numbers crunch as the Astros are attempting to run some players through waivers in order to open up spots on the roster. Look for this trend to continue as the Astros gear up for Free Agency and the Rule 5 Draft. Paredes may not be the last familiar name that we see moving on to another team this month.
Jimmy Paredes (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)