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.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.