Blake Parker, RP, Cleveland Indians
Like Bryan Shaw, Blake Parker is a veteran reliever who came to Cleveland in hopes of showing that he could still be effective. While it took Parker a bit longer to get his shot, he’s been able to prove he can still be an asset to any contender down the stretch.
The former closer spent 14 games with the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2020 season and was pretty strong, maintaining a 2.81 ERA over 16 innings with 25 strikeouts. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to net him a contract better than a one-year, $2.5 million deal with Cleveland.
Since being called up to the Tribe, Parker has appeared in 14 games, totaling 12.1 innings with and ERA of 2.92 while logging 10 strikeouts. Those numbers are actually a bit lower than last season, but signing a player for a full year versus making a move down the stretch are two very different things.
Being that Parker was called up during the season, he should be a player that the team can replace rather easily. If that means expanding the role of a reliever that Trevor Stephan are bringing someone else up, it’s a spot that can be replaced if there’s teams calling about Parker.