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Outfield Market Not Totally Quiet: Gerardo Parra Signs With Rockies

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gerardo parra brewersThe outfield market has been incredibly stagnant ever since the Chicago Cubs signed Jason Heyward nearly a month ago. The San Francisco Giants signed Denard Span to a three-year deal last week, but that was it until today.

Gerardo Parra has reportedly signed a three-year deal with the Rockies worth $27.5 million (and a fourth year team option at $12 million, $1.5 million buyout). That’s not much behind the three years and $31 million Span received. Although Span is the superior player when healthy, he’s got health questions that Parra does not. Parra is just 28, though, and can probably provide at least a league-average bat while playing good or better defense all over the outfield (assuming last year’s metrics were an aberration). He’s a nice player to have.

On the Rockies? Eh, I’d think Parra would be a better fit on a playoff contender with three nominal starting outfielders, and he could be an elite fourth outfielder who finds his way into 100+ games over the course of the season.


To that point: The deal is very interesting given that the Rockies, at present, already have a clear starting outfield trio of Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, and Corey Dickerson. Does the Parra signing mean an outfielder will soon be dealt? Rumors about Rockies outfielders have swirled for a while. Are the Rockies instead planning some kind of rotation? Maybe. But that doesn’t look like the kind of contract a non-contender gives a guy to not start.


So, then, I can’t help but wonder if we’re about to see the Rockies deal an outfielder for pitching.

I also can’t help but wonder when the Dexter Fowler rumors will get serious. Sure, Parra was not tied to draft pick compensation, but I have a hard time believing Parra can get a three-year deal near $30 million and Fowler can’t do much better than that.

Also, since they happened in such quick succession, I should note here: Wei-Yin Chen has also signed. Not with the Rockies, but the Marlins.



Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.