Rockies pursuing free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra

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As reported by both Thomas Harding of and Jon Heyman, the Rockies are pursuing free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra.

The Rockies are already set in their outfield with the trio of Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, and Corey Dickerson, so their pursuit sets the stage for a trade. Gonzalez is owed $37 million over the next two seasons while Blackmon and Dickerson are under team control through 2018 and 2019, respectively. Harding writes that “logical speculation” surrounds Gonzalez. It makes sense, as his contract could make him an appealing alternative to teams pursuing high-profile free agents like Chris Davis, Alex Gordon, Justin Upton, and Yoenis Cespedes.

Parra turns 29 in May and batted .291/.328/.452 with 14 home runs, 51 RBI, and 14 stolen bases over 155 games last season between the Brewers and Orioles. His production took a huge dip after being traded to Baltimore, but his 110 OPS+ was still his best since 2011. He’s said to be looking for a multi-year deal while Heyman hears that “seven or eight teams” are in the mix.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.