Brewers sound ready to finally pull the plug on Manny Parra

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Manny Parra’s raw stuff has always exceeded his actual performance and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com writes that the Brewers may finally have given up waiting for that to change.
Parra fell to 3-10 with a 5.65 ERA by allowing seven runs in six innings against the Padres yesterday and has yet to record an out in the seventh inning in 16 starts this season. He also had a 6.37 ERA in 27 starts last year and in fact has been horrendous since midway through his rookie season in 2008.
Parra was 25 years old then and went 9-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 108 innings through mid-July. Since then he’s 15-27 with a 5.99 ERA in 307 innings, allowing 382 hits and 156 walks during that time.
McCalvy suggests that Milwaukee “faces a very interesting decision with Parra this winter, when he is arbitration-eligible for the first time.” The arbitration process does mean Parra will be in line for a raise despite his horrible performance, but I’ll be shocked if he’s still property of the Brewers by then.

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.