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.

Phillies promote Chris Young to pitching coach position

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Chris Young joined the Phillies as their assistant pitching coach last offseason. This offseason he’s getting a promotion: the Phillies just named as their main (um, top? lead? alpha?) pitching coach for the 2019 season. He replaces Rick Kranitz.

Ken Rosenthal, who reported the promotion, says that the Phillies didn’t necessarily want to shake up their pitching coach situation, but that since several clubs wanted to hire Young away, it was either promote him to the top job or lose him. That’s bad news for Kranitz, but he remains under contract for 2019 and will, in the meantime, be allowed to interview elsewhere.

The Phillies pitching staff ranked 11th in runs allowed in the National League in 2018. They were tenth the year before that, but some early season uncertainty and mismanagement by Gabe Kapler and a late season collapse served to hide what was, for most of the season, a bit of a better staff than the year before. The Phillies obviously credit Young for that and want to keep him in the fold.