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Gerardo Parra to sign with the Giants

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Bay Area reports that the Giants are signing outfielder Gerardo Parra to a minor league deal.

Parra, 31, is a ten-year veteran who has spent his last three seasons in Colorado. Before that he did time with the Orioles and Twins. He came up with the Diamondbacks and played there for six seasons. He’s a career .278/.325/.405 itter (92 OPS+). His real value is his ability to play all three outfield positions and to occasionally take a turn at first base. He hasn’t seen regular duty in center for a couple of years now, though.

While it’s a minor league deal for now, that may be a mere formality as the Giants’ 40-man roster is full. Odds favor him playing a lot of left and right in the Giants’ mostly barren outfield mix.

Phillies to sign Drew Smyly

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Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are going to sign pitcher Drew Smyly. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philly reported last night that the team and Smyly were chatting.

Smyly opted out of his minor league contract with the Brewers yesterday after allowing seven runs on 10 hits and three walks with 18 strikeouts in 12.2 innings with Triple-A San Antonio and not getting a hint of a call-up to the big club. Earlier this year he pinched off an 8.42 ERA with a 52/34 K/BB ratio in 51.1 innings for the Rangers.

He’s basically a free pitcher for Philly, who could use an arm. If he works out, he works out. If not, no loss. Well, I suppose it’s possible there’d be one loss and some walks and hits in like, four innings, or something, but you know what I mean.