One Angels player is currently living with his family in a fifth wheel camper

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Updated: April 4, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim added a new pitcher to their roster for the first time, and well he didn’t leave anything behind either.  The 31-year-old journeyman reliever purchased a so-called fifth wheel in Phoenix, towed it to California when the Angels broke camp and kept it parked at Angel Stadium until he found out where to go.

Parker learned Saturday night at Dodger Stadium that he made the opening-day roster for the first time in his career. The Angels also added right-hander Bud Norris to their bullpen. To create space, they will designate for assignment right-handed relievers Austin Adams and Kirby Yates.

Parker recently watched a documentary titled “Minimalism.” On the show, he said, they studied where residents spend time in their houses, using heat signatures. Almost all time at home is concentrated in one-quarter of the living space: the kitchen, the living room, the bedroom.

The rest is just wasted space,” he said.

Parker makes his offseason residence in his home state of Arkansas, where he attended high school and college. He has lived in every corner of the country for his job the last few years after spending his first professional decade in the Chicago Cubs organization. He’s fed up with short-term rent costs and nonrefundable pet deposits at big-city apartments.

After going from New York to Anaheim to Milwaukee and back to Anaheim on the waiver wire over the offseason, he decided to make his life more mobile. And, he said, surprisingly comfortable.

“It’s not like we’re all in this one, little, tiny room,” Parker said. “It’s small, but it’s big enough. It helps to be able to pack up and take all your stuff, wherever you go. And then at the end of the year, I have this fifth wheel I can go camping in for a couple weeks, take a road trip.”

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