Parra, who won a gold glove in 2011, is known for his above average defensive skills along with a decent offensive upside. This season he has a line of .258/.330/.407/.737 with 5 home runs and 21 RBI in 206 plate appearances. The 25-year old outfielder has been a regular with Arizona since his 2009 rookie season and has a career line of .279/.331./.403/.734.
It’s hard to imagine the Red Sox bringing another outfielder into the mix given both Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford are expected to return in July, but given Parra’s age and potential, moving a current outfielder to pave way for the youngster would be a tough decision to pass up.
But given Parra’s importance to the Diamondbacks not only at the current state but the future as well, it’s no surprise to learn the team from the dessert politely declined to consider moving him, as stated by Magruder on Twitter.
It doesn’t hurt to ask right? Cherington would likely have to kick in a lot more than just Kevin Youkilis to make that deal and then it comes down to whether or not swapping Daniel Nava or Ryan Kalish for Gerardo Parra is worth it. Thoughts?