Parmelee was a nice defensive outfielder. Good Arm... He plays the RF wall better than anyone and he has surprising range.
He is multiple steps above Arcia... Doumit... Willingham and Colabello defensively.
To group or imply that Parmelee is a DH type (especially with his struggles at the plate) in consideration of his defense... is severe mis-casting.
Kinda of like putting Buddy Hackett in the lead of 50 shades of Grey.
As for Reynolds... I want competition for Plouffe... So OK... However... With the team strikeout totals in 2013. Adding Reynolds and his strikeout totals isn't my first choice.
Based on what?
Total Zone has Parmelee 5 runs below average in RF, his UZR/150 is -6.1 (21/28 RF >500 innings), and his Revized Zone Rating is .920 (16/28 RF >500 innings). In comparison Willingham is 22/26 LF > 500 innings in UZR/150 and 18/26 LF > 500 innings in UZR/150 in Revized Zone Rating.
Objectively Parmelee is to RF what Willingham is to LF relative to the league.
Subjectively, his range needs work, his routes need work. He has indeed improved from being awful as he will catch balls close to him. Few years ago he use to allow balls reach the wall past him in multiple occasions. But still he is not a good outfielder he went from awful to below average.