Brewers, Manny Parra avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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Yesterday the Brewers avoided arbitration with Carlos Gomez by signing him to a one-year contract and today they did the same with Manny Parra, agreeing to a one-year deal with the left-hander after he missed all of last season with back and elbow problems.

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Parra will get $1.2 million, which is what he earned last season without throwing a pitch.

He underwent surgery in August to remove bone spurs from his elbow and is expected to remain in the bullpen this season after having some success as a reliever in late 2010.

Parra’s development stalled following an impressive rookie season in 2008 and he’s now 29 years old with a 5.44 ERA in 74 career starts, but he’s thrown 62 innings with a 3.19 ERA and 67/22 K/BB ratio as a reliever.

Report: Giants in “serious discussions” with Reds to acquire Billy Hamilton

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Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.

Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.

Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.