Today the Red Sox claimed outfielder Jordan Parraz off waivers from the Kansas City Royals, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.
Parraz, 26, had a pretty solid season, though he never made it to the big league club last year. Parraz hit .266 with 11 home runs and 61 RBIs in 123 games for the Omaha Royals, the Triple-A affiliate of the Royals. He was able to compile 27 doubles, which was good enough for second on the team. Parraz' 61 RBIs was third amongst all Triple-A hitters in 2010.
Parraz was third-round pick by the Houston Astros in 2004 and is a career .289 hitter with an .814 OPS and has blasted over 54 homers in seven minor league seasons. Parraz is currently playing in the Venezuelan winter leagues.
As for the player the Red Sox are getting, they are getting a guy who can provide some depth in the outfield in Pawtucket, and could make into the majors as the Red Sox used eleven different outfielders in 2010, including six that were not on the major league roster to begin the season. Some of these players include Darnell McDonald and Daniel Nava; both who were Triple-A shoe-ins and ended up being very valuable for the Red Sox last season.