Orioles trade for Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra

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UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Parra for Davies.

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Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra has been heavily linked to the Orioles all week and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides are “closing in” on a deal.

According to Rosenthal the trade would send Parra to Baltimore in exchange for pitching prospect Zack Davies, a 22-year-old right-hander currently starting at Triple-A.

Baseball America’s midseason prospect update ranked Davies as the eighth-best prospect in the Orioles’ farm system, noting that he “keeps hitters off-balance with an 88-92 mph fastball and an above-average changeup while mixing in an average slider.”

Parra is having a fantastic, career-year by hitting .328 with nine homers and an .886 OPS in 100 games and he can handle all three outfield spots defensively, but he’s also an impending free agent and hit just .267 with a .709 OPS from 2012-2014.

There is a “one million percent” chance Aroldis Champan will opt-out of his deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that there is a “one million percent” chance Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will opt out once the season ends.

Just going by the math this makes perfect sense, of course.

Chapman signed a five-year, $86 million deal with the Yankees before the 2017 season. Pursuant to the terms of the deal he’ll make $15 million a year in 2020 and 2021 (he was given an $11 million signing bonus that was finished being paid out last year). This past season the qualifying offer was $17.9 million. Craig Kimbrel of the Cubs just signed a deal that will pay him $16 million in 2020, 2021, and 2022 (he’s making a prorated $16 million this year). Other top closer salaries at the moment include Kenley Jansen ($19,333,334); and Wade Davis ($18 million).

It’s fair to say that Chapman fits into that group and, I think it’s safe to say, more teams would take him than those guys if they were all freely available. As such, Chapman opting out to get more money makes all kinds of sense. Heck, opting out, getting slapped with a qualifying offer, accepting it and then hitting the market unencumbered after the 2020 season would stand him in better financial stead than if he didn’t opt-out in the first place.

The question is whether the Yankees will let it get that far or whether they’ll approach him to renegotiate the final couple of years on the deal or to add some years onto the back of it. If they’re smart they will.