"Our impetus for signing him was the lack of left-handed depth we have in starting and relief roles," said Scott Sharp, Royals director of Minor League operations. "We hope that he can resurrect his career."
Parrish, 32, has pitched in 174 Major League games, primarily with Baltimore and mostly in relief, with a 13-13 record, one save and a 4.54 ERA. A 25th-round Draft choice in 1996, he broke in with the Orioles in 2000 with eight starts -- he was 2-4 -- and then turned to relief.
Traded to Seattle in August 2007, Parrish signed as a free agent with Toronto for the 2008 season. For the Blue Jays, he was in 13 games -- including six starts -- and went 1-1 with a 4.04 ERA. But Parrish spent most of '08 with Triple-A Syracuse, going 10-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 17 games.
Returning to Baltimore last spring as a Minor League free agent, Parrish was unable to pitch because of a sore shoulder.
Parrish underwent surgery for a torn labrum but is expected to be 100 percent for Spring Training, according to Jin Wong, Royals director of baseball administration.
"He'll be tried as a starter but could make the club in any role," Wong said.
Parrish becomes the 19th non-roster player invited to the Royals' Major League camp which begins on Feb. 18. The Royals recently signed another left-hander, Nelson Payano, 27, a Minor League reliever who was 15-14 in six seasons, mostly in the Atlanta organization.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.