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On Chris Parmelee and His Ownership of Triple-A

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There's no place for Parmelee in Minnesota right now, but that's not stopping him from raking for the Red Wings.

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When the Twins were moving towards Opening Day and the roster decisions were becoming fewer and fewer but certainly more important, one of the surprises was that it was Chris Colabello getting that outfield/first base roster spot instead of Chris Parmelee. It was the right decision at the time, and it remains the right decision, but Parmelee is making the most of his opportunity.

In 28 games for the Red Wings, Parmelee is batting .333/.395/.600 with seven homers, seven doubles, 11 walks, and 19 strikeouts. Maybe it's what you expect from a guy who has 137 games under his belt at Triple-A, not to mention 186 games in the Majors, but it's worth remembering that Parmelee is still just 26.

The question is: what can the Twins do about Parmelee and the offensive clinic he's putting on for Rochester?

Having multiple players capable of playing first base already with the Twins doesn't help his case. Joe Mauer, who is hoping to play today after leaving with lower back spasms yesterday, and Chris Colabello, even after falling into a little bit of a slump, are in no danger of losing their roster spots. In the most dire of situations, Chris Herrmann and Trevor Plouffe could man the position as well.

Yet, those things are just the circumstances. If Parmelee were still on the 40-man roster, it's certainly feasible that the Twins would, at some point, consider finding a way to bring him up. But he's not on the 40-man roster, and considering that every job he could do already has some good depth, it would take some serious roster juggling just to get to a point where forcing Parmelee onto the roster would make sense.

Fortunately for the Red Wings and their fans, there isn't a great deal of trade value in Chris Parmelee. His Major League track record is terrible, and his minor league track record - outside of his brilliant Triple-A debut in 2012 and his 28 games so far this spring - isn't anything to write home about, either. Trading him probably wouldn't net the Twins much of anything.

In fact, trading Parmelee might leave the organization in a worse spot. I have a hard time seeing any kind of a return being more valuable than Parmelee's bat right in the middle of the Red Wings' batting order.

Going back to our question, then: what can the Twins do about Parmelee? Probably nothing. The Twins don't have a place for him now, and may not all season long, but sometimes it's just best to let the player play.