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July 31, 2014

Transaction Analysis

Brewers Get Parra's Glove

by R.J. Anderson and J.P. Breen


MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Acquired OF-L Gerardo Parra from the Diamondbacks in exchange for OF-R Mitch Haniger and LHP Anthony Banda. [7/31]

Doug Melvin always seems to do something at the deadline when his Brewers are in contention. Parra, while not as sexy as David Price or the other names floated around in rumors involving Milwaukee, qualifies as something. An outstanding defender, Parra struggles to gain value elsewhere. Despite making a lot of contact, he seldom posts high batting averages. That's a problem because Parra provides little in the way of walks and extra-base hits. While Parra is good at taking the extra base during the run of play, he struggles to steal bases. Add in that he needs to be hidden against left-handed pitching, and you have the makings of a fourth outfielder. You figure, at minimum, Parra will replace Logan Schafer in that role. But who knows, perhaps Ron Roenicke will platoon him in left field with Khris Davis. Either way, Parra makes the Brewers better. He should do so until the 2015-2016 offseason, when he becomes a free agent. —R.J. Anderson

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