The Brewers struck a trade Thursday afternoon to acquire Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks for two prospects: outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda. Haniger is the big get here for Arizona; he's 23 and was the Brewers' No. 3 prospect
It's not a high-profile move for the Brewers — Parra isn't a great hitter — but between Parra's defense and left-handed bat, Milwaukee is convinced he's a good addition to their first-place team. Especially as the NL Central gets more competitive.
"The addition of Parra gives us a veteran player who helps to balance our lineup and also brings Gold Glove defense." - GM Doug Melvin
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 31, 2014
Parra hit .259 with six homers and 30 RBIs so far this season, and he's a career .274/.326/.395 slasher. He doesn't figure to immediately get plugged into the starting lineup, though. The Brewers have Gomez in center, Ryan Braun in right and Khris Davis in left, but Parra should be able to spell both corner outfielders either for off-days or as a defensive substitution in later innings.
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