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Brewers acquire Gerardo Parra from Diamondbacks

Jul 31, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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Arizona has traded outfielder Gerardo Parra to Milwaukee for minor leaguers Mitch Haniger and Anthony Banda.

Parra’s offensive production has dropped off this season, falling about 50 points compared to his career norms, but he remains an excellent defensive corner outfielder capable of handling center field if needed.

Milwaukee may decide to shield him from left-handed pitching in a quasi-platoon with Khris Davis, a righty who’s hit just .232 versus right-handed pitching. Parra is under team control through next season and an outfield with him alongside Carlos Gomez will turn a lot of would-be doubles into outs for Brewers pitchers.

Haniger is 23 years old and hitting just .255 with 10 homers and a .732 OPS in 67 games at Double-A while playing mostly right field. He was one of the Brewers’ better prospects, but is not considered a high-end prospect in general. Banda is a 20-year-old Single-A left-hander with a 3.66 ERA and 83/38 K/BB ratio in 84 innings.

  1. SocraticGadfly - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Actually, B-Ref rates him at -0.4 on dWAR this year. Dunno about Fangraphs or other sites.

    • joecb91 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      Negative UZR on there too

  2. seanwasamarine - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    He has a lot of potential to be a great hitter. Most underrated arm in the outfield.

    • gbrim - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Parra is what he is as a hitter. Terrible against lefties, every year. Good defender with a great arm and decreasing range. He gained about ten pounds this year trying to get more pop in his bat and all he did was reduce his range. He will be better next year if he drops ten pounds and goes back to the good overall player he used to be.

  3. cincinata - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    That is not going to help the Brew Crew. They needed someone like Lester or Price. I see the Pirates overtaking them now. However with the Cards new signings, they also may be in the running.

    • Jeff - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      That’s funny, exactly how I felt about how the Cards’ acquisitions are going to help their hitting.

  4. edelmanfanclub - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Just a 4th outfielder. May steal some ABs from Davis vs RHP but their splits arent much diff

    Davis .288 OBP, .723 OPS
    Parra .304 OBP, .693 OPS

    • Jeff - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      And an OF is exactly what they needed badly. Platoon with Davis in LF. Give Gomez a day off in CF. Schaefer was turrible with a capital Charles Barkley. Don’t even ask me what I think of Davis’ throws into the cutoff man…

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