Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have signed free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra to a three-year, $27.5 million contract, which seemingly signals that Colorado will be trading one or more of Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, and Corey Dickerson from its current group of outfielders.
Parra had a huge first half for the Brewers last season, but then came crashing back down to earth following a trade to the Orioles. Overall he hit .291 with 14 homers, 14 steals, and a .780 OPS in 155 games for the second-best numbers of his career.
Combined from 2012-2014 he hit just .267 with a .709 OPS and Parra is a 29-year-old with mediocre power, poor plate discipline, and a modest career OPS of .730, so while playing half his games in Coors Field will no doubt boost his raw totals he’s far from an impact bat.
Signing a good but not great 29-year-old outfielder to a three-year deal seems like an odd move for a rebuilding team coming off a 94-loss season, although it’s tough to fully judge the signing without first seeing the domino effect on the rest of the Rockies’ outfield.