Evaluating the Mid-tier Outfield Market for the Royals

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Gerardo Parra
Bats: L / Throws: L
Opening Day Age: 28

If you’re sensing a trend emerging among the mid-tier outfielders, you are correct. They are mostly .275-.285 hitters with a little bit of power and a little bit of speed. Here’s another player who fits that bill — Gerardo Parra. Parra is a two-time Gold Glove winner with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Unlike Span, Fowler, and Jackson, he has more experience playing the corners. In nearly 1,000 games in the big leagues, Parra has recorded a .277/.326/.404 line, but is not nearly as speedy as the previously mentioned trio.

Parra got off to a hot start in 2015 with the Milwaukee Brewers, hitting .328 before being traded to the Baltimore Orioles. That lofty batting average was largely fueled by an elevated BABip, and Parra slumped to a .237 batting average in Baltimore. That slump left him with a season average of .291, slightly better than his career average, but close to 40 points lower than his early season average. He did hit a career-high 14 home runs, but appeared to get homer-happy with the Orioles. There’s not a ton to say about Parra. He is a solid veteran who typically puts the ball in play but does not draw many walks. His defense actually seems to be in decline, as he has not posted a dWAR value above 1.0 since 2013. His arm remains very strong, and is an asset in right field. Parra will demand a three-year deal at minimum, likely in the $9-11 million range. That may fit the Royals’ budget and needs.

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