Os taking a hard look at Parra

By Brittany Ghiroli and Adam McCalvy

BALTIMORE— The Orioles are one of several teams who have taken a long look at Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra despite Brewers general manager Doug Melvin’s high asking price.

Parra tops the Brewers’ list of pending free agents who could be dealt, though the list of suitors has dwindled this week as teams like the Angels and Cardinals otherwise filled their needs. Baltimore, which has inquired on a wide array of available outfielders —including Brandon Moss, before he was dealt to St. Louis— needs a left-field upgrade though its farm system isn’t exactly teeming with high-ceiling prospects.

And while Triple-A’s Zach Davies —who pitched at this year’s Futures Games— is a name that has surfaced, it’s expected to take much more for Melvin to part with Parra.

“He’s been a pretty good player. Ben Zobrist brought two players back,” Melvin said, referring to the A’s sending Zobrist to the Royals for Minor Leaguers Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea. Manaea, a left-hander, is a top prospect.

“Gerardo’s had a better year than Zobrist but Zobrist has had a better career,” Melvin said. “I think there only two players in the Major Leagues who have hit better than Gerardo since May 1 and that’s [Paul] Goldschmidt and [Jason] Kipnis with Cleveland. He’s been the third-best hitter in baseball since May 1.

“That said, I think what we ask back is the club’s decision. He’s a good player. If we don’t get what we want, he might still be here [Friday night].”

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has worked with Melvin on Trade Deadline deals before, trading for Francisco Rodriguez in mid-July 2013.

Duquette has been adamant that the Orioles are looking to upgrade at the Deadline, though the team has injuries to two of its bigger prospects —Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey— and is unwilling to trade part of its current club, guys like Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado and Kevin Gausman. There are still some prospects Duquette could package and relievers Tommy Hunter and Brian Matusz are both available and have drawn moderate interest.

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