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Cubs Sign Manny Parra To Minor-League Deal

The Cubs have another lefty in camp.

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It's often said that you can't have enough pitching. Going by that thought, then, the Cubs have added one more pitcher to the group already in camp:

Parra is 33 and had a decent, but not great, year for a bad Reds team last year. One of the things he does best, when he's good, is not walk people: just six walks in 32⅓ innings in 2015 (1.175 WHIP). In 2014, he wasn't nearly as good: 1.555 WHIP (18 walks in 36⅓ innings).

Parra is likely around for depth, and could wind up starting the year at Iowa for injury insurance. As Carrie Muskat noted, that makes 62 players in camp. Of the 62, 35 are pitchers (22 on the 40-man roster, and now 13 non-roster invitees). That seems like a lot, but some of them (Jack Leathersich, Aaron Crow) are likely to start the year on the disabled list.

One interesting, though trivial, note about Parra: on August 30, 2007, when pitching for the Brewers against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, he had an oddly-perfect boxscore line: three innings, three hits, three runs (three earned), three walks, three strikeouts. Don't think I have ever seen that before, at least not for someone who threw more than an inning.