Orioles fill need with Gerardo Parra; Are they done dealing?

Pending physicals, the Baltimore Orioles have come to terms with the Milwaukee Brewers on a trade that will send Gerardo Parra to Baltimore in exchange for Triple-A prospect Zach Davies. The deal was first reported by Lookout Landing late yesterday, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has confirmed the deal this morning.

Parra is in the midst of a career year in Milwaukee and has been particularly hot in the month of July, batting .435 in July with four home runs and ten RBIs. On the season, he has put up a slash line of .328/.369/.517 with 24 doubles, five triples, nine home runs, and 31 driven in. Parra will also bring an element of speed to the Orioles, as he has nine steals on the year. Parra will be a free agent following the conclusion of the season.

Davies goes to the Brewers in this one-for-one swap. The slim right-hander was the third-ranked prospect in the Orioles’ system, and had a 2.84 ERA in 101.1 innings at Triple-A this year. For his career, Davies has posted a 3.47 ERA in 474.1 innings. He has progressed nicely at each level in the Orioles’ system since being drafted in the 26th round in 2011. Davies will not blow hitters away with velocity, but has good feel for all of his pitches, especially his changeup. For the Brewers, Davies should be ready to fill a slot in the starting rotation come next spring.

Parra figures to command the left field spot immediately in Baltimore. Left field has been a problem spot for the Orioles all season. Baltimore’s left fielders have been arguably the worst in the league, combining for a .210/.283/.330 line this season with just eight home runs and 25 RBI’s. Travis Snider had been given 36 starts in left, and had failed to match his production from last season in Pittsburgh.

With just under four hours remaining before the deadline, the Orioles may also be working on one more deal to acquire an outfielder. They have also been linked to Ben Revere, who they may be cooling on after acquiring Parra.

Big-time players like Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes may be off the table unless the Orioles are willing to change their stance on trading away Kevin Gausman. For now, the Orioles have made one move which significantly improves their lineup, and may have more in store. The division and Wild Card are well within reach for the Orioles this season, and by acquiring Gerardo Parra, they have taken the first key step towards staying in the hunt.

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