Originally Posted by holster10
Parra is definitely one of Jocketty's most questionable and puzzling signings in his tenure as Reds GM. The guy is a major project and not really ready to help the Reds now and make their bullpen better. I repeat...he does not make the bullpen better. Jocketty needs either figure out a way to keep him in AAA a while to work out things and keep as depth or admit he made a mistake and cut bait with him.
I think Walt did ok in signing Parra. He showed some promise as a reliever last year. Pitching depth is important and with guys like Parra and Arredondo around, the Reds have some flexibility in the bullpen.
Despite all the "how many options" talk around here, there hasn't been much difficulty getting guys at Parra's level through waivers down to AAA.
The key IMO is whether teams get so wedded to a guy they won't send him down or disable him. In the Reds' case, they were willing to disable Parra when they needed roster room. It would be much worse if they insisted on keeping him on the roster when not doing well.