Former Mets right-handed pitcher Bobby Parnell was one of many cuts made by the Detroit Tigers this afternoon. Parnell was given an unconditional release and is free to sign with any team. Parnell originally signed a Minor League deal with Detroit in the offseason, after he struggled in his return to the Mets bullpen last season.
Parnell struggled this spring with the Tigers allowing 15 hits and 9 earned runs over 15.1 innings. Parnell’s fate was sealed when he allowed five runs to the Blue Jays last Tuesday, while only retiring one batter. The good news for Parnell is that his velocity seems to be returning but he is going to be hard-pressed to find a Major League deal. Parnell could benefit pitching in the minors for a couple of months before getting another crack at the Majors later this season.