The Arizona Diamondbacks had an interesting trading deadline day. Their first deal involved sending outfielder Gerardo Parra to the Milwaukee Brewers for a couple of Minor League prospects: outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda. While Parra was indeed a popular player among D’backs’ fans, trading him was a good move by the D’backs.
It was clear that the 27-year old Parra was not going to replicate his very solid 2013 campaign. His numbers were down in almost every meaningful offensive category. In fact, his .259 batting average and .305 on-base percentage were on pace to be the lowest of his six-year career. Maybe 2013 was the best we were going to see of Parra, with all of the outfield assists and the personal best of ten home runs and second-best 48 RBI’s.
Things were also getting a little crowded in the Arizona outfield. Parra was becoming a victim of the numbers game. The team clearly views Mark Trumbo as the left fielder of the present and future. A.J. Pollock was coming into his own in center until a broken hand derailed his promising season. The emergence of David Peralta as an offensive force would very well have relegated Parra to fourth outfielder status in 2015.
Then of course is the money factor. Parra is making $4.85 million dollars in 2014 and was heading for his final year of arbitration. Surely, he would have been able to command a salary of $5.5 to $6 million dollars depending on the figures exchanged on both sides. That simply is too much for a team like the D’backs who seem to be shaping their outfield of Trumbo, Pollock and Peralta with Ender Inciarte as the main backup.
So while it is sad to see Parra go, he gets a chance to be in a pennant race. It also is a wise move by the D’backs who clear up salary and a logjam in the outfield. We wish Gerardo Parra the best of luck in Milwaukee.