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The Nationals are interested in Diamondbacks’ outfielder Gerardo Parra

Feb 25, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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The Nationals don’t appear content going into the season with Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina or Jayson Werth as the starting center fielder.

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in Diamondbacks’ outfielder Gerardo Parra. Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo signed Parra to his first professional contract when he was Arizona’s director of scouting from 2000-2006.

It’s not clear who the Nationals would offer in return, but Ladson mentions that the club has some starting pitching depth. That might not be very appealing for Arizona, though, as they already have a full rotation and plenty of young starting pitching on the way.

Parra won a Gold Glove in left field last season, but the addition of Jason Kubel is expected to push him into a part-time role this year. The 24-year-old batted .292/.357/.427 with eight homers, 46 RBI, 15 stolen bases and a .784 OPS in 2011 and has experience at all three outfield positions. He remains under team control through 2015.

  1. 5thbase - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    I would much rather have a really good 4th outfielder than a 6th or 7th starter. Unless the Nats offer a prospect with a high ceiling I don’t see any reason why the D’backs would trade Parra to them. Especially since he was starting to show more skill hitting as the season went on.

  2. randygnyc - Feb 25, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    A 6th or 7th starter is worth infinitely more than a 4th string, light hitting outfielder. They grow on trees. There is no such thing as too much pitching. Can even be used to trade again afterwards.

  3. loslonelyman - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Hmmm, seems like a trade Mr. Reuben “The Ninja” Amaro would swoop in on. Considering he is young,has a few arbitration years left and plays excellent defense. Unless Dominic Brown wows the Phils in camp, i could see the them making a move for Parra.

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