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Parra Signs with Rockies, So Who Do They Trade?

The Rockies on Tuesday agreed to terms on a three-year, $27.5 million contract with free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra, according to his agent. The deal includes a fourth-year club option for $12 million.Gerardo+Parra+Baltimore+Orioles

Parra who played for the Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles last season, hit .291 with a .328 on-base percentage, a .452 slugging percentage and had 14 home runs and 51 RBIs. He can play all three outfield positions and won Gold Glove awards for his play in left field (2011) and right field (2013).

Parra has been in the majors for 8 years, the first 6 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 1 full year and a partial year with Milwaukee and the rest of last year with the Orioles. For his career he gives whatever team he has played for a little bit of everything, but nothing spectacular. In 4 of his years he has stolen double digit stolen bases, yet he has never had a season with more than 60 RBI’s. He has had over 130 hits in 5 of his 8 years, but only 2 years with double digit home runs.

Cargo&Para“Super excited to join the Rockies,” Parra said on Twitter, along with a photo of him and Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzales.

Where Parra will play is still up in the air. The Rockies already have a full complement of left-handed hitting outfielders, with veteran slugger Gonzalez in right field, Charlie Blackmon in center and Corey Dickerson in left.

Gonzalez has been at the center of Rockies off-season trade rumors. He has two years and $37 million remaining on his contract ($17 million in 2016, $20 million in 2017), making him an attractive trade target. He hit 40 home runs last season. Blackmon, was an all-star in 2014 and is in just his first year of arbitration, while Dickerson would not be a free agent until the 2020 season which making both of them intriguing trade chips.

I have 3 different trade scenarios for the Rockies;

  1. In kind of a crazy twist, what if the Rockies trade with the team who just allowed Parra to sign with them. Yes, the Baltimore Orioles may be willing to trade young, yet recovering starting pitcher Dylan Bundy for Carlos Gonzales.
  2. C.J. WilsonCarlos Gonzales could be traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. C.J. Wilson is owed $20 million in his final year before free agency then the Rockies could just watch him walk away and they could essentially have an extra $20 million and another young controllable starting pitcher and the Angels would be breaking even and filling their outfield void. I would think the pitchers the Rockies would want would be one of the following; Hector Santiago who is controllable for two years and making $5 million in 2016, Matt Shoemaker who is controllable for five years and still in his pre-arbitration stage, or Nick Tropeano(controllable for six years) in the package in return.
  3. The St. Louis Cardinals would love to trade for Cargo, but do they have the pitching to swing a trade? But, upon further investigation, according to MLB.com, 6 of their top 10 prospects are pitchers. Including their top 3 prospects; RHP Alex Reyes, RHP Jack Flaherty and LHP Marco Gonzales. The question is, will the Rockies invest in true prospects, or do they want major league ready talent?

 

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