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Reds sign Manny Parra to one-year deal

Feb 1, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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Manny Parra, who was non-tendered by the Brewers in November, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Reds.

Parra was often a mess as a starter and didn’t exactly thrive shifting to the bullpen last season with a 5.06 ERA and terrible control, but he did manage 61 strikeouts in 59 innings and has some upside as a left-handed middle man.

Overall he has a 5.61 ERA since 2009, so at age 30 this is a big season for Parra’s career as he tries to prolong his stay in the majors as a reliever.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of says the deal is worth $1 million, plus another $400,000 in incentives. Not bad considering he made $1.3 million last year.

  1. hoober27 - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Was always a Parra fan. Seems like he could be Jorge de La Rosa 2.0. All the stuff, but can’t put it together in the rotation for the Crew. Needs a change of scenery. Hope it works out.

  2. johnnyb1976 - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Had no clue before I read this that the contract was a major league contract. He hasn’t pitched well in Cincy, but they needed another version of Bill Bray to go into the pen I guess.

  3. plumdandy6677 - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    I held out hope for Parra for the longest time. I think I was dazzled by the fact that he threw a perfect game in second AAA start, and he was a left-hander who seemed to have good stuff. But 2 or 3 years ago, I saw the light and accepted that he wasn’t going to be that good of pitcher. This past year, I cringed whenever he came out of the pen (I guess I cringed when any Brewer reliever came out of the pen). Couldn’t throw strikes, or maybe was afraid to throw strikes because he knew he would get hit hard. Brewers gave him all the chances in the world, but as hoober said, he never put it together. I do wish him luck as well; he seemed like a good guy in interviews and all that. Who knows? He’s 30 and maybe he still has time to develop into a viable left-handed option out of the bullpen.

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