Oh --- my bad. this belongs in the regular "Bleachers" section - not the "Minors" because Parisi is committed to the Big Leagues for a full year
. That's the rules.
Maybe they did this just to get him out of the ST Louis Organization (maybe it's St Louis' "turn" - when do we get ours?):
" ..... Parisi gone and likely not coming back
The Cardinals also lost right-hander Mike Parisi to the Chicago Cubs with the 14th selection (12th player taken) in the Major League phase. Parisi, coming off August 2008 Tommy John surgery, was showcased in the Arizona Fall League this October and November and pitched reasonably well, only to be left unprotected by the Cardinals.
The 26-year-old was drafted by the Cardinals in the ninth round of the 2004 draft and became the first player from that class to reach St. Louis when he made his MLB debut in May of 2008.
Because Parisi has been outrighted previously, if he does not stick with the Cubs, he has the right to declare free agency if he clears waivers, rather than be bound to return to the Cardinals
. Parisi had also been left unprotected in the 2008 Rule 5 Draft but was not an appealing target for other organizations due to his recovery from surgery. ..... "