Thoughts On The Orioles Trading Zach Davies For Gerardo Parra

Sports and Bets — July 31, 2015 at 1:09 pm by

Today, the Orioles traded Norfolk RHP Zach Davies to the Milwaukee Brewers for OF Gerardo Parra. Parra is owed the remainder of his $6.2 million contract for 2015 and will be a free agent after the season. He plays all three outfield positions, is a two-time Gold Glove winner, and would most likely slide into the leadoff spot for the Birds. Parra bats from the left side of the plate, and he owns a lifetime batting line of .279/.330/.407. While his career slash line is solid, he’s currently in the midst of a absolutely fantastic season. He’s batting .328/.369/.517 with 9 HRs, 31 RBIs, 53 runs scored, and 9 steals in 100 games. He’s currently one home run away from his career-high of 10 homers, set in 2013 in 156 games with the Diamondbacks. Who the hell knows if he’ll be able to keep up this torrid pace, but he is firmly in his prime at 28-years-old, and he certainly hasn’t been showing any signs of slowing down. In 24 games in July, Parra is hitting .435/.495/.718 with 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 23 runs scored, and 4 steals. He’s also working on a career-high 14-game hitting streak. Over these 14 games, he’s batting .460 with a HR, 4 RBIs, and 13 runs scored.


Now let’s take a look at the other side of the coin. Davies, 22, is a right-handed starter, who was ranked as the O’s 3rd best prospect in their farm system. He was dealing for Norfolk this season, going 5-6 in 19 appearances (18 starts) with a 2.84 ERA and 1.22 WHIP while striking out 81 batters over 101.1 innings. Over his minor league career, he’s 27-29 with a 3.47 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, and he’s struck 413 batters over 474.1 innings. Davies’ biggest drawback might be his size. At 6’0″ and 150 pounds, the guy is a damn string bean.


After looking at both players and trying to be as rational as I can, I have to disagree with the move. I know the Birds’ corner outfield situation has been a total train wreck this season, and Parra will undoubtedly provide an upgrade over the players they’ve been trotting out there. But I also think that two months of Parra isn’t worth giving up a talented, young arm. I mean, honestly, does anybody really think that Parra was the missing piece and now the Orioles are World Series contenders? Look at the Orioles’ roster compared to teams like Toronto, Houston, and Kansas City and try to tell me with a straight face that the O’s have a better ballclub. Acquiring Parra is a classic too little, too late desperation move. It’s also another classic example of the Orioles’ cheapskate ways coming back to bite them in the ass. If the Birds re-signed Nelson Cruz and/or Nick Markakis last offseason, it’s hard to imagine that they would’ve found themselves in this predicament at the deadline.


So yeah, those are my thoughts on the Birds trading Davies for Parra. I feel that it’s a short-sighted move that won’t be able to get the Birds over the hump in 2015. Are you a fan of the trade? Let me know in the comments.

via Roch Kubatko
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