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Baltimore Orioles Acquire Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers

As MLB clubs finalized their strategies ahead of the trade deadline, the Baltimore Orioles acquired a highly skilled outfielder in Gerardo Parra from Milwaukee. The O’s sent right-handed pitching prospect Zach Davies to the Brewers in exchange for Parra. The left fielder had a strong season for the Brewers prior to the trade and he looks to continue this trend with the Orioles.

The native of Venezuela, Parra has played seven seasons in MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers and now the Baltimore Orioles. Parra will provide some consistency in left field, a position where Baltimore has struggled this season. He will wear number 18 for the Orioles.

According to MLB.com, the 28-year-old has a .328 batting average on the season which currently is the seventh best average in MLB. He is also in MLB’s top 25 with a .369 OBP. Parra has nine homeruns in 2015 and five of these were hit during the past 30 games. He also has 31 RBIs so far this season.

While Parra has played the majority of his games in left field, he also has experience playing right field and center field this season. Parra has an impressive 1.000 Fielding Percentage at left field and right field and a .967 while playing center field this season. He was a Golden Glove winner in 2011 and 2013 while playing for Arizona. Parra also received the MLBPAA Diamondbacks Heart and Hustle Award in 2013.

The Birds sit just two games above .500 with a 52-50 overall record. Baltimore is six games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East. They also trail the Minnesota Twins by a game for the final wild card spot in the American League.

The Toronto Blue Jays made some major waves prior to the trade deadline and currently have a 53-52 record. Toronto is also 6.5 games behind the Yankees for the lead in the AL East. Baltimore needs to string some wins together to keep pace with their competitors in the AL East.

Parra didn’t appear in the Orioles’ 8-7 come-from-behind victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. However, Parra took to Twitter to announce his arrival in Birdland and was shown greeting his teammates. By early indications, Parra seems excited to be joining the Orioles. He looks to pick up in Baltimore where he left off in Milwaukee and help the Orioles down the stretch.

Tim Olewniczak

Tim is a proud alumnus of the University at Buffalo and a published historian. He previously wrote for TheHockeyWriters.com where he covered the Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres of the NHL. He has been writing for Legends On Deck since April 2015 covering the Baltimore Orioles.