The former Angels righthander spent many years in the Cubs system.
As noted by Ken Rosenthal in The Athletic, this decision was somewhat surprising:
Parker, 33, produced a 3.26 ERA in 66 1/3 innings last season, pitching less effectively than he did in his stellar 2017 campaign, but certainly well enough to merit a salary that industry sources projected to be between $3.3 and $3.5 million in arbitration.
Parker was the Cubs‘ 16th-round pick in 2006, and spent five-plus years in the system before getting a brief callup in 2012. He had a reasonably good year out of the Cubs bullpen in 2013, was worse in 2014, and was let go after the 2015 season.
He’s the Iowa Cubs’ all-time saves leader, and that’s never good, because it means you’re spending too much time in the minor leagues.
But Parker persevered; briefly with the Yankees, he had this waiver odyssey in 2016:
And then he put together a really good year for the Angels in 2017: 2.54 ERA, 0.832 WHIP, 1.8 bWAR. He wasn’t quite as good last year, but still posted a 1.0 …Read the Rest
Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue