Rockies one of three finalists for Gerardo Parra

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We have mentioned the Rockies’ interest in free agent Gerardo Parra in recent weeks and now the outfielder’s agent, Jose Mijares, tells Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post that the club is one of three finalists for his client.

The other finalists aren’t yet known, but Mijares said that Parra hopes to make a decision “within the next few days.”

“The Rockies are one of three teams in the mix,” agent Jose Mijares said from Venezuela where he was watching the winter baseball finals. “We are going to look at all the situations and do what is best for Gerardo and his family.”

The elephant in the room here is that the Rockies already have a full outfield with Carlos Gonzalez, Corey Dickerson, and Charlie Blackmon. The pursuit of Parra suggests that a trade is inevitable. With that in mind, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register expects the Angels to make a run at Blackmon.

Parra struggled after being traded from the Brewers to the Orioles at the non-waiver trade deadline last July 31, but he still finished with a solid .291/.328/.452 batting line. Mijares says the 28-year-old is looking for a three-year deal.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).