This season Gerardo Parra has done everything the Milwaukee Brewers could ask for. He has not only been a valuable fourth-outfielder, but he has proven that he has what it take to play everyday as well. Coming off a June where he played everyday filling in for injured outfielders’, Khris Davis and Carlos Gomez, Parra bat has been on fire. With the team going nowhere and heading towards a rebuild, he has certainly upped his trade value over these last few weeks.
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One team that is reportedly interested in dealing for Parra is the San Francisco Giants. I wrote before the season began that the Brewers’ should consider trading Parra to the Giants after Hunter Pence went down with injury, and now into July the team still has a need for more outfield help.
Currently, outfielders like Nori Aoki and Gregor Blanco are hitting for high average in the team’s outfield, but they have very limited power. Buster Olney not only tweeted that the Giants have shown interest in power, but he also cited the 12 total home runs from their outfield as a reason why a big addition would be needed.
This interest in Parra is nothing new for the Giants either. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News tweeted that the team has liked Parra “forever”, but Arizona was leery of trading him inside of their own division.
By adding Parra the Giants would not only be adding a strong defensive outfielder to an already strong mix, but they also would be getting an offensive upgrade. This season for Milwaukee, Parra has a .309 batting average while playing in 84 games. With eight home runs and 20 doubles he has shown power and the ability to drive the ball into the gaps. Going to a team that has struggled to hit home runs and that is in the middle of the league in runs scored, his bat could have an instant impact.
Parra won’t be enough to add an arm like Tyler Beede or Kyle Crick, but he could bring a significant piece to the future (which would be very meaningful considering that Parra will be a free agent at season’s end). With the Giants looking to stay in the race and the Brewers looking to deal, these two teams seem to match-up perfectly for a trade in the near future.