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Gerardo Parra avoids arbitration with Diamondbacks

Feb 5, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Geraldo Parra and the Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.35 million deal.

Parra requested $2.7 million in his first season of arbitration eligibility and the Diamondbacks countered at $2.1 million after he hit .273 with seven homers and a .727 OPS in 133 games last year at age 25. That was a 60-point drop in OPS compared to 2011 and Parra failed to repeat as a Gold Glove winner, instead playing all three outfield spots as Arizona mixed and matched in a crowded outfield.

Justin Upton and Chris Young have been traded, but top prospect Adam Eaton looms as an eventual regular, so this season Parra figures to either start in center field while Eaton logs more time at Triple-A or move around the outfield again.

  1. djjackson81 - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Good deal next year they can make a long term deal to keep him in AZ

    • jwbiii - Feb 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      You’re suggesting a long term deal for a fourth OF?

      • gbrim - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Kubel will be gone during/after ’13 and the Snakes need to save some $$ to extend Hill and some starting pitchers. Parra will be a good value.

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