Os set to acquire Parra, still in on Revere
BALTIMORE— The Orioles are set to acquire Gerardo Parra from the Brewers for right-handed pitching prospect Zach Davies, numerous sources confirmed to MLB.com, a trade that comes hours before the deadline and one that is pending medicals.
The swap represents a departure from Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin’s high asking price as the Brewers were said to be looking for multiple prospects for Parra in the days leading up to Friday’s deadline.
Baltimore, which has inquired on a wide array of available outfielders —including Brandon Moss, before he was dealt to St. Louis— needs corner outfield help and the red-hot hitting Parra will be a nice upgrade. The O’s are also still looking at Phillies outfielder Ben Revere, who would fill the other corner outfield spot and put Chris Davis back at first base.
In 24 games this month, Parra is batting .435 with four home runs and a 1.212 OPS. The 28-year-old is batting .328/.369/.517 in 100 games this season and will be a free agent this winter.
Davies, whose name first surfaced last night, was ranked as the O’s third-best prospect by MLB.com and pitched at this year’s Futures Game. He is 5-6 with a 2.84 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) with Triple-A Norfolk and has impressed the organization as he’s steadily climbed the ranks.
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.
While Duquette doesn’t have a farm system teeming with high-ceiling prospects, the Phillies asking price on Revere isn’t particularly high and he could pull the trigger on a second deal before the 4 p.m. ET deadline.