2:19pm: The Giants are planning a bit of a shake-up in the outfield. They’ll select the contract of Mike Gerber, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area (Twitter link). To create a roster opening, the team will designate veteran Gerardo Parra, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets.
Gerber, 26, had a miserable showing in his first taste of the majors last year. But the Giants saw enough to claim him from the Tigers, later bumping him from their 40-man roster but hanging onto his rights.
The low-risk move has paid off to this point. Gerber is off to a .357/.402/.655 start with six home runs over 92 plate appearances at Triple-A. He also has struck out 27 times while drawing only five walks, but the quality of contact remains intriguing.
Parra, who’s closing in on his 32nd birthday, is an eleven-year MLB veteran who settled for a minor-league deal with the Giants. It was widely expected that he’d claim a roster spot once camp closed, and that indeed proved to be the case.
Things haven’t shaken out as hoped to this point. Parra carries a meager .198/.278/.267 batting line through 97 plate appearances. He’s sure to hold appeal to other organizations as a depth piece, but will almost certainly have to spent some time at Triple-A for the first time in a long while (excepting a few short rehab stints).
It isn’t known whether Parra agreed to an advance consent clause before season. If so, the club would be able to cut him loose without paying him the full $1.75MM salary called for in his contract. If not, the obligation would remain (less any other big-league earnings he’s able to command later in the season).