The Giants announced today that veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra elected free agency after clearing waivers. He’s now free to sign with any club.
San Francisco picked up Parra, 32, on a minor league contract this offseason after he’d finished up a three-year contract with the Rockies. Parra did manage a .283 average and a .320 on-base percentage in his three years with Colorado, but he didn’t display much power in that time. He once rated as one of baseball’s premier defenders in the outfield corners and was still above-average over the past couple of seasons, though not to the extent of his peak levels.
The 2019 season has been a miserable one for Parra to this point. Through 97 plate appearances with the Giants, he’s mustered only a .197/.278/.267 batting line with a homer, three doubles and a pair of steals. Parra has never struck out at a 20 percent clip in any single season and has kept his strikeout rate below that threshold once again in 2019, but he also had one of the game’s worst hard-contact rates in 2018 and has seen that dip even further in 2019.