Parrish switched clubhouses Thursday night before the Mariners
and Orioles completed a three-game series at Camden Yards.
"I'm still stunned. But it's a good stunned,'' Parrish said
while slipping on a Mariners uniform.
Parrish was drafted by Baltimore in 1996 and had been with the
organization ever since.
"It's been a good time. They stuck with me for a long time,''
he said. "That's why it's a little different. Twelve years with the
same organization is a little unheard of sometimes.''
The 29-year-old Parrish appeared in 45 games for the Orioles
this year, going 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA. He missed most of the
previous two seasons after having a pair of operations on his
pitching arm, including Tommy John surgery.
"He is a veteran pitcher and he adds a little depth to the
organization,'' Seattle manager John McLaren said. "He's not an
innings pitcher; he's a situational lefty. And he also has pretty
good stats against right-handers.''
Seattle sent Sebastien Boucher to the Orioles. Boucher has split
this season between Double-A West Tenn and Triple-A Tacoma. In 28
games with Tacoma, Boucher was hitting .298 with four doubles and
12 RBIs. He was a seventh-round pick by Seattle in the June 2004
Seattle also optioned right-handed reliever Mark Lowe to Tacoma
to clear a roster spot for Parrish. Lowe returned last month after
missing the first three months of the season following a pair of
operations on his right elbow.
"This will give us a chance to move Mark Lowe and let him pitch
on a more regular basis,'' McLaren said.
Lowe was a sensation out of the Mariners' bullpen a year ago
when he went 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA in 15 appearances during his first
major league season. This year, he appeared in four games after
being activated from the disabled list on July 24. He was 0-0 with
a 6.75 ERA.
Gomez hit .302 with one homer and 16 RBIs in 169 at-bats for the
Orioles. He was looking forward to joining the AL Central-leading
"I've heard lots of good things about the Cleveland
organization, so it's something to look forward to. But of course
I'm going to miss the guys here,'' he said.