Brewers Acquire Gerardo Parra

The Brewers officially acquired two-time Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra from the Diamondbacks today for minor leaguers Mitch Haniger and Anthony Banda.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers

Parra, 27, is hitting .259/.305/.362 in 440 plate appearances this year, playing mostly right field for Arizona.  Parra has typically posted stellar defensive metrics, though he’s been about average this year based on UZR and DRS.  He has about $1.6MM remaining on his contract this year, and is arbitration eligible for 2015.  A left-handed batter, Parra could enter something of a platoon with Khris Davis in left field.  Or, he may just spell Davis, Carlos Gomez, and Ryan Braun as an oft-used fourth outfielder.

Haniger, 23, is hitting .255/.316/.416 in 271 plate appearances at Double-A this year.  Baseball America rated Haniger the third-best prospect in the Brewers’ weak farm system prior to the season, calling him the team’s most advanced hitting prospect.  The Brewers drafted Haniger 38th overall in 2012 as a supplemental draft pick for the loss of Prince Fielder.  Banda, 20, is a southpaw starter with 83 2/3 innings at Low-A this year.  Baseball America ranked him 27th among Brewers prospects prior to the season, though they say the team viewed him as a potential mid-rotation starter.

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick first reported the Brewers and D’Backs completed a trade involving Mitch Haniger.  John Gambadoro of KTAR first reported the Brewers acquired Parra.  Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic first reported the D’Backs acquired a second player.  Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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  1. AZDbacksfan1 1 year ago

    Oliver Perez?

    • RooneyTunes 1 year ago

      Probably. I hear he’s the most likely to be traded.

    • First Bleed 1 year ago

      They really don’t need a LHP, they need RHP. So probably not.

  2. Ace2095 1 year ago

    Prado, or Hill

  3. PittsburghPirates0022 1 year ago

    Oliver Perez?

  4. The 13ers 1 year ago

    Goldschmidt? Ha!

  5. Guest 1 year ago

    I’m guessing Reed.

  6. Phinilinipeni 1 year ago

    Why not use updated rankings? He isn’t their #3 anymore. More like #7

    • AaronAngst 1 year ago

      Because these guys love pointing out how “weak” the Brewers farm system is? Which is funny, because they’re producing as many every day players as anyone in the game lately.

      • Brewhawk 1 year ago

        That’s why they’re weak. They’ve put Gennett, Davis, Schaefer, Nelson, Peralta and Thornburg on the big club basically within the last year or so.

        • AaronAngst 1 year ago

          The Brewers farm has been routinely placed in the bottom five by almost every major “scouting” publication since the Sabathia deal. Nobody you’ve listed ever cracked the top 100 prior to this year, with the exception of Peralta. The point is their system gets little to no respect, and yet, somehow they manage to churn out MLB players at far better than average intervals. I’m starting to think maybe the scouting media might be more than a little off the mark, most of the time.

  7. davewillie 1 year ago

    I’m thinking Prado or Parra.

  8. Ray Ray 1 year ago

    Gerardo Parra is the return

    • First Bleed 1 year ago

      I’m cool with that. Need hitting right now.

  9. AZDbacksfan1 1 year ago

    Nope. Parra apparently. If that’s all we’re getting for him, then I have no faith in the Diamondbacks front office anymore.

    EDIT: Oh wow, Anthony Banda too. Horay.

    • James Attwood 1 year ago

      Parra’s trade value has tanked all season long. This is a pretty fair return for a part-time/platoon OF whose value is 100% defense related.

      • ratboy 1 year ago

        Why do you keep saying his value is 100% defense related like it means something? That’s like saying David Ortiz is a lousy player because his value is 100% offense related. It’s obviously more common to contribute offensively than defensively, but a run added is as valuable as a run saved.

  10. Phinilinipeni 1 year ago

    I approve

  11. Porkins 1 year ago

    I like Parra’s defense but they really don’t need another outfielder unless someone is moving to first.

  12. Seamaholic 1 year ago

    Nice for Brewers. Parra is a solid player. Surely the Dbacks got more than a AA outfielder with a 700 OPS for him?

    • Ray Ray 1 year ago

      They got a pitcher as well, Anthony Banda Low A starter.

      • Seamaholic 1 year ago

        Yowza. Great deal for Brewers. Where were all the teams who need outfielders on this one? And what the heck kind of trip are the Dbacks front office on?

        • James Attwood 1 year ago

          Parra gets expensive next season and he is replaced today by David Peralta. Parra’s value is 100% from his defense and he cannot hit LHP. The Diamondbacks needed to move him.

          • JasonGrabowski 1 year ago

            He’s always given Kershaw problems

          • Seamaholic 1 year ago

            It’s not that they moved him, it’s what they got.

        • Red_Line_9 1 year ago

          That was my thought exactly… Parra is solid

        • BaseballFuries
          CapnFatback 1 year ago

          Apparently, there is more than one Gerardo Parra because it seems to me that the Diamondbacks got a solid return for a 4th outfielder.

          • Phinilinipeni 1 year ago

            Mitch Haniger was pretty worthless to the Brewers anyway. They have Khris Davis and Ryan Braun for a long time and Tyrone Taylor in the minors…who is way better than Hanover. Trade makes sense for both sides.

          • BaseballFuries
            CapnFatback 1 year ago

            I agree. I just don’t understand all the fawning over Parra as if he’s something special.

          • Phinilinipeni 1 year ago

            Brewers needed a decent left handed bat badly and their worst hitter was the 4th outfielder.

          • Seamaholic 1 year ago

            Solid return? Forget that Parra is certainly not a 4th outfielder on many teams (including the one that got him). He’s very clearly a starter for the Brewers. But they appear to have gotten two non-prospects. My apologies to Mr. Banda if that turns out to be not the case.

          • AaronAngst 1 year ago

            Not a fourth outfielder behind Gomez, Braun and Davis? Yeah. Look at the numbers, and then make that claim again. Defensively, he’s not a fourth outfielder on the Brewers, but there is a thing called “batting” in baseball.

          • BaseballFuries
            CapnFatback 1 year ago

            I’ve seen you use “non-prospects” before, a term that makes little sense. All minor league players are “prospects” by definition. Some are just better prospects than others.

            I disagree with your estimate of Parra being more than a 4th OF on “many teams”–and vehemently disagree with that claim in regards to the Brewers. And while there are certainly teams that Parra could start in the OF for (say, for example, the Cubs) that doesn’t mean he still isn’t a very replaceable part.

          • William Gregory 1 year ago

            Parra a starter in the Milwaukee Brewer outfield? LOL. Not a chance in hell. He’s not starting ahead of Braun who’s top 10 in the NL in RBI, SLG and OPS. He’s not starting ahead of Gomez. And he’s certainly not starting ahead of Khris Davis. Since May 25th, which is 55 games, Davis is hitting .280 with 16 doubles, 11 home runs, and 38 RBIs with a .344/.535/.879 slash line. In 503 career at bats, Davis has 37 doubles and 28 home runs, and he’s getting better. Parra is a spot starter to give one of the other guys a day off.

        • ratboy 1 year ago

          A one-way tip to the curb.

  13. Tko11 1 year ago

    All this action has escalated very quickly…

  14. Jeremy Lancour 1 year ago

    Parra! I love this move for the Brewers!

  15. Vandals Took The Handles 1 year ago


    Parra is a great all around player. He can beat a team with his bat, on the basepaths, with his defense and with his arm. And while a don’t see a lot of DBack games, I’ve seen him do all those things.

    Like Duquette in Baltimore, Melvin is an old school baseball guy that let’s others chase after the sexy players and overpay them and/or overpay for them. Both of those gentlemen wait for the market to come to them.

    The NL Central race is now must see.

  16. Rook 1 year ago

    As a Dbacks fan I don’t like it. Parra is a fan favorite who is having a down year with the bat. I will free up about $6 million to spend on SP and Peralta has played well and he will take the RF job. Still tough to see him go.

    • William Gregory 1 year ago

      He’s having a down year with the bat? When did he have an “up” year with the bat? Because I’m looking at a guy that has never cracked .800 with his OPS. Last year, which I guess is about as “up” as he gets with the bat, he hit .268 with 43 doubles. But 100 strikeouts for 10 home runs is not a good ratio. He doesn’t have much power, he’s a God awful base stealer After stealing 15 out of 16 in 2011, he’s stolen 30 bases in 54 tries, a putrid 56% success ratio. He had a career .737 OPS coming into this season. His OPS + has cracked 100, which is average, once.

      You guys that are crying now over the loss of Parra will forget this day if Haniger becomes the hitter I think he’s going to be. He had a rough start to this season, but he can rake. I was hoping that he was going to make a push for a roster spot next season. I think he can hit for about a .270-.275 average with about 25 home runs. He’s also got a plus arm. He should make for a good right fielder.

    • ratboy 1 year ago

      Can you free up a couple million for me too? I don’t have any skills, but I’m a gritty grinder.

    • ratboy 1 year ago

      Can you free up a couple million for me too? I don’t have any skills, but I’m a gritty grinder.

  17. Rook 1 year ago

    As a Dbacks fan I don’t like it. Parra is a fan favorite who is having a down year with the bat. I will free up about $6 million to spend on SP and Peralta has played well and he will take the RF job. Still tough to see him go.

  18. Brandon Stubbs Calvert 1 year ago

    I know parra was a fan favorite but i honestly dont mind the deal. Dont know who and how much salary will be paid by brewers but frees up a long jam in outfield for when pollock comes back. Trumbo, pollock and peralta who has done well with alfredo marte to fill in.

    • Brandon Stubbs Calvert 1 year ago

      He was the main dback i wanted to be traded honestly, now for the rest of the group to go lol

  19. T&S 1 year ago

    Does defensive metrics take into account that starting this year nobody ever tries to run on Parra anymore.

  20. ratboy 1 year ago

    So maybe I’m giving La Russa too much credit, but why does it seem like Towers is still making the decisions? This reeks of his “buy high sell low” stink.

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