The axe may be coming down on the Twins opening day right fielder, the real question is what they play on doing with Chris Parmelee. After dominating AAA baseball for the better part of the last two years, do the Twins think more AAA seasoning would really help him out? Or if they put him on the trading block, what kind of return, if any, would you even be able to get? Parmelee earned a spot out of spring last year out of necessity, with Justin Morneau playing full time DH. With Parm just a shade under 500 at bats for his career, (currently at 447) it would be unwise to write him off completely but with this year being different from last year, as Parmelee knew he had an opening day job (RF) going into spring. His numbers last year are nearly on par with this year.
Oswaldo Arcia has played the Twins hand as well, putting up better numbers across the board despite playing about twenty less games with the big league club. Not to mention, Parmelee hasn’t been in the starting lineup since last Sunday June 17th. With no injury setbacks, Gardy is clearly just going to let Parm grab some wood, and park it for a little while. With Aaron Hicks probably a week a way from returning from the disabled list, a move is going to have to be made. Although the logical choice would probably be Clete Thomas, the clock may be running out for the Twins former first round pick.