Veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra has reached an agreement to sign a contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, the Giants announced Wednesday (hat tip: Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, on Twitter). The Giants have announced the move in a press release on their official web site. It’s a $2MM deal that includes a $3MM vesting option for 2021, per Jose Rivera of ESPN Deportes (via Twitter).
The 32-year-old Parra, a client of Octagon, won a World Series ring with the Nationals and will now head overseas for the next chapter of his career. He signed a minor league contract with San Francisco last offseason but ultimately landed with the Nats after being cut loose by MLB’s Giants.
Though he hit just .198/.278/.267 in 97 plate appearances during his abbreviated run with San Francisco, Parra found second life after latching on with the Nationals. In addition to posting a much-improved .250/.300/.447 batting line in 204 plate appearances with the eventual World Series champions, Parra won the hearts of Nationals fans when adopting “Baby Shark” as his walkup theme. That children’s song/internet phenomenon became something of an anthem and a rally cry at Nationals Park, serving as a memorable subplot in a storybook season for the entire organization.
Parra has played in parts of 11 Major League seasons — mostly with the Diamondbacks — and is a career .276/.323/.404 hitter with 88 home runs, 264 doubles, 42 triples and 96 stolen bases. He’s a two-time National League Gold Glove Award winner and, in addition to his time with Arizona, San Francisco and Washington, has also played for the Brewers, Orioles and Rockies at the MLB level.