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Diamondbacks may pursue extension with Gerardo Parra

Sep 9, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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This offseason the Diamondbacks tried unsuccessfully to work out a contract extension with outfielder Gerardo Parra, eventually inking a one-year deal to avoid arbitration. But now Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the two sides may get back into extension talks again.

Parra still has two more seasons of team control via arbitration, so there’s no real hurry, but general manager Kevin Towers told Piecoro that a long-term contract is “possibly” something they’ll look into and “it just depends on if the price is right … we value him a great deal.”

Towers specifically cited Garra’s outstanding defense in the outfield, calling him “a very unique player.” Parra’s offensive numbers are nothing special and great outfield defense is often undervalued, particularly from the corner spots, so if the Diamondbacks feel he’s a long-term building block the price to lock him up at age 26 should be fairly reasonable.

  1. tedwest - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    What makes this so difficult is that Parra is tremendous at nailing advancing runners, and equally terrific at grounding out – especially when it comes to the double-play variety. It’s gotta be due to the absurd batting stance, All his power (such as it is) comes from his upper body and arms, and he often lunges, reaches, and/or swings too early and comes over the top making grounders much more likely.

    If you haven’t noticed how much he grounds out – and weakly at that, lets just say they more than make up for the few great throw-’em’-outs. Oh, and while you’re at it, also note how many times he swings at balls headed for orbit, or balls that actually cross the plate -UNDERGROUND-, or balls that suddenly developed an immediate attractiion to his left foot.

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