The Royals continue to be among the teams showing interest in free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra, sources tell Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter). It has been suggested in the past that Parra could be a Plan B for the Royals in the event that they could not retain Alex Gordon.
If the Royals want to sign Parra, it stands to reason that they’ll have to make a considerable multi-year commitment to him. Earlier this month it was reported that Parra had multiple three-year offers in hand but he was holding out in an effort to land a four-year deal. At the age of 28 (29 in May), a four-year deal is not an unreasonable request.
Parra slashed .291/.328/.452 in 2015 and he boasts a strong reputation as a defensive outfielder, though it should be noted that his fielding statistics took a big step backward last season. Parra made his name when he put up an outstanding defensive campaign with the D’Backs back in 2013. Moving into a full-time role, he graded out as one of the game’s premium outfielders according to both UZR and Defensive Runs Saved . But last season’s metrics were more of the average variety, and Parra was decidedly in the red in 2015.
Parra’s struggles against left-handed pitching prevent him from being a regular, but many have figured that he could still get a strong payday as something between a regular and a fourth outfielder. Earlier this offseason, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes pegged Parra for a three-year, $27MM deal. Back in August, MLBTR’s Jeff Todd brought up names like comps include Melky Cabrera (three years, $42MM), Nick Markakis (four years, $44MM), Shane Victorino (three years, $39MM), and Angel Pagan (four years, $40MM) as potentially useful comps. However, his weak play in the final 55 games of the season with the Orioles have probably depressed his value somewhat.