The San Francisco Giants have designated outfielder Gerardo Parra for assignment. He has hit just .198/.278/.267 over 30 games this season.
Parra, who turns 32 in a couple of days, was on a minor league deal in the spring and made the team out of Scottsdale. He had spent the previous three seasons in Colorado. Before that the 11-year veteran 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 hitter (92 OPS+). His real value is his ability to play all three outfield positions and to occasionally take a turn at first base, but you have to have some kind of bat if want to stick and Parra hasn’t hit for a while.
The Giants have the worst offense in baseball so, yeah, you gotta make a change sometimes.
Last night Bill talked about how different this past offseason was than the one before as far as free agents go. This year all the big guys signed well before spring training and, Yasiel Puig aside, there aren’t many significant players left out on the market. It’s sort of how the hot stove season is supposed to go.
Last year, of course, was crazy. The two biggest free agents — Bryce Harper and Manny Machado — didn’t sign until February. In fact, Harper didn’t officially sign with Philly until March 2. One year ago today, however — February 28, 2019 — was the day the news of the impeding signing broke.
Over at NBC Sports Philly, they put together a video talking to Harper, Scott Boras, Matt Klentak and others who put the massive deal together. It gives you a sense of how the moving parts move in the runup to the biggest contract in baseball history.
It also gives you a sense of how much trouble Harper might’ve had had he gone with the other team who was in the bidding for him at the last minute: the Giants. Specifically, he keeps calling them “San Fran,” and if you know anyone from the Bay Area, you know just how much they hate it when people say “San Fran.” Don’t do that, folks.
Anyway here — apart from the tendering of a $330 million contract — is how Bryce Harper became a Phillie: