Orioles sign Chris Parmelee

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Chris Parmelee, who was dropped by the Twins last month, has signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles that includes an invitation to spring training.

Parmelee was the Twins’ first-round draft pick 2006 and had a huge September debut in 2011, but then hit just .238 with 20 homers and a .675 OPS in 252 games from 2012-2014.

He has enough power and plate discipline to potentially be useful as a part-time first baseman or corner outfielder, but at age 27 there isn’t a ton of upside beyond that.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.