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Diamondbacks still not looking to trade benched Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra

Mar 14, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

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From the moment the Diamondbacks signed Jason Kubel to be their new starting left fielder general manager Kevin Towers has insisted that the team is merely benching Gerardo Parra, not actually looking to trade him.

Towers stuck with that stance yesterday, telling Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that despite other teams scouting Parra he’s not interested in parting with the fourth-year outfielder who won a Glove Glove last season while hitting .292 with a .784 OPS in 141 games. In fact, he hasn’t even “had any discussions” with other teams about Parra.

That’s a tough break for Parra, because unless Kubel, Chris Young, or Justin Upton go down with an injury he’ll be relegated to a part-time role at age 25. Gilbert speculates that if Towers changes his mind and does start fielding offers for Parra he’ll be looking for long-term catching help with Miguel Montero an impending free agent.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    He’ll find time. I don’t have strong belief in Kubel’s consistency and health as a full-time outfielder, and if Parra has a hot Spring, he’ll force his way in somehow.

    That’s what she said.

    • racksie - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      I love Kubel, and wish the Twins would have kept him. But he has a history of injuries. Parra will get his chances. I wish Kubel all the best, and hope he can play 140 games and hit 30 and drive in 110. Unlikely, though.

  2. joj0420 - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    id be happy to be in his position at his age(which i am) and make that much money doing nothing but sit there and collect millions. i make 25000 a year busting my a$$ to help the world and he will be hitting a ball. overrated

  3. arizonahomer - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    joj0420, do you really think that professional athletes sit there and collect money? Regardless of being a starter or a reserve player athletes bust their a$$. Don’t get me wrong there’s the one’s that do but they are the minority. And Parra is definitely not one. Too many people complain about working hard and not getting paid like people who are “playing a game for millions”. When the rest of the world was enjoying summer break or college life they were working towards those millions. Hour upon hours upon hours to get to the place they are. They get paid extremely good, but they worked 16 years of no pay to get the career they have that will last on average 5.6 years and many not even that long. So enjoy the game, root for a team, and invest some positive energy so you can be happy you’re being paid to help the world!

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