In advance of Thursday’s MLB trade deadline, the Milwaukee Brewers were one example of a contending team that was remaining relatively quiet. They have maintained some interest in fortifying their starting rotation and their outfield, and they have now reportedly made a move to address one of those areas.
According to John Gambadoro, the Brewers have acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Parra traded to Milwaukee
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) July 31, 2014
As the talks took shape, Jerry Crasnick reported Arizona’s half of the deal.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 31, 2014
Finally, the Brewers announced that the deal was official via the team’s Twitter account:
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 31, 2014
There are a couple facets to this move. For one thing it gets the Brewers the outfield help they desired.
Parra’s speed and versatility make him a good bench option. Furthermore, a late-innings outfield with him playing next to Gomez could help the Brewers prevent runs, something that matters when the tight games of September and potentially October roll around.
As for the Diamondbacks, they cannot help but feel successful in getting a couple pieces for Parra, who is having a down year overall even though the team does value his makeup as a player.
Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided’s MLB Rumors page to stay up to date with the latest action and rumblings from the baseball hot stove this trade season as Thursday’s deadline approaches.