Offseason moves! With Free Agency almost at our doorsteps, the Astros have opened up another spot on their 40-man roster. The Miami Marlins have announced that they claimed Jimmy Paredes of waivers from the Houston Astros.
Originally acquired in the Lance Berkman trade from the Yankees, Paredes has spent two and half seasons within the Houston Astros organization. In 2011, Paredes put together a successful campaign at third base in his 46 games with the Astros, hitting .286 with a .713 OPS in 168 at-bats. Paredes entered the 2012 season in the minor leagues but came up in late August to try and cement a spot for the 2013 Astros. Paredes spent time both in the outfield and at second base for the Astros, but failed to make a positive impression, batting .189 in 74 plate appearances. The 24-year old entered 2013 again in the minor leagues and had several stints with the Astros this past season. Paredes again failed to put the ball in play with much success as he batted just .192 in 125 at-bats.
Many thought Paredes had a chance of becoming a regular for the Astros during their rebuilding years. However, Paredes’ most famous moment in an Astros uniform may have come this past season when he collided with Jose Altuve. After struggling at the plate the last two seasons, Paredes was likely not going to make the opening day roster in 2014 and would have been taking up a young player’s spot in the minor leagues. The Astros depth in the minor leagues has significantly increased the last several seasons and Paredes was thought of as nothing more than an organizational guy. It’s possible Paredes can succeed with the Marlins if given consistent playing time, but Astros fans should not worry about loosing the soon-to-be 25-year old.
Even with Paredes going to the Marlins for free, the Astros-Yankees trade still looks like a potential win after Jeff Luhnow flipped Mark Melancon for Jed Lowrie (and Kyle Weiland), and then flipped Lowrie (and Fernando Rodriguez) for Chris Carter, Max Stassi, and Brad Peacock.