For a team that looks to rely on good fundamentals, defense, and yes, some good old Kirk-Gibsonesque grit, the Arizona Diamondbacks locked down an important player on Monday.
Nick Piecoro of AZ Central reports that the Diamondbacks came to terms with Gerardo Parra on a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration with the Gold Glove outfielder.
Dbacks and Gerardo Parra have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $4.85M deal.
— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) February 3, 2014
Parra was a regular in the Diamondbacks lineup in 2013, playing in 156 games and logging 601 at-bats. He batted .268/.323/.403 with 10 stolen bases. A limited offensive output, and yet Parra was a 4.6 fWAR player in 2013, largely because of his defense.
With the Gold Glove award becoming specific to each outfield position, Parra received the award for right fielders. In 123 games in right field, he committed only three errors and 15 outfield assists. According to the defensive runs saved stat (DRS), Parra saved the Diamondbacks 36 runs in right field and 41 overall. That was the best mark in all of baseball.
Parra will remain in an outfield that is now without Adam Eaton thanks to a trade this off-season. This deal for Parra is part of a busy day for the Diamondbacks, who are trying to put all the pieces in place to chase the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014.