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Mel Antonen: Jimmy Paredes' Journey


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New York Yankees signed Paredes in 2004, and when the Yankees needed an experienced bat for their 2010 stretch run to the American League East title, they traded Paredes to the Astros in a deal that brought then designated hitter/first baseman Lance Berkman.
The Astros figured Paredes would be their second baseman, but when Jose Altuve came along in June 2011, that plan was scrapped and Paredes was moved to third base, and then the outfield. He had defensive issues, but the bottom line was that he didn't take advantage of his opportunity and hit .234 in 118 games for the Astros.

From there, he went to the Miami Marlins who, for some reason, didn't give him a big-league chance. Then, he went to the Orioles, the Royals and back to the Orioles.

The Royals had a DH in Billy Butler, and their infield defense was solid. So, Paredes wound up back with the Orioles.

Dan Duquette, the Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations, said the O's tried to work out a trade for Paredes when he was with the Astros, but the two teams couldn't work out a deal.

"He's getting an opportunity now and he's taking advantage,'' Duquette says. "Timing in life is everything, isn't it?'

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