The Minnesota Twins have made a concerted effort to rebuild their starting rotation this offseason, trading for Vance Worley as well as adding Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey in free agency. But there are reports out there that they are still looking to add another starter and bringing more arms into the mix definitely can’t hurt.
A recent report from Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN-Twin Cities suggests the Twins have shown some interest in Manny Parra, who was non-tendered by the Milwaukee Brewers in late November and remains available. The 30-year old left-hander has spent his entire career to this point with the Brewers, posting a 26-33 record with a 5.12 ERA in 172 appearances (74 starts) over five seasons. He pitched exclusively out of the bullpen for Milwaukee last season, and had a 5.06 ERA and 61 strikeouts over 58.2 innings (62 appearances).
Parra made 72 starts for the Brewers from 2008-2010 and he had double-digit victory totals in both 2008 (10) and 2009 (11). But health has been a continuing issue for him, with shoulder, elbow and back problems hampering him over the last couple years.
If the Twins were to get serious about signing Parra, which is not clear right now, he may best fit as another left-hander in the bullpen to go along with closer Glen Perkins. He definitely has the stuff to be effective as a late-inning reliever (8.4 career K/9), but struggles with walks (4.6 career BB/9) and general inconsistency may lead to manager Ron Gardenhire pulling out what hair he has remaining on his head when Parra takes the mound.
Quite frankly, Minnesota does not have an obvious need in the bullpen and if they don’t view Parra as a potential rotation candidate, any initial interest they have may never become significant. Given their own recent history with pitcher injuries, the Twins should probably just stay away here since Parra’s upside potential does not outweigh the health risk.