Brewers trade Gerardo Parra to Orioles: Three things to know

One of the top available outfielders is off the board. The Orioles have acquired Gerardo Parra from the Brewers for right-handed pitching prospect Zack Davies, CBS Sports MLB Insider Jon Heyman reports. The trade is pending physicals.

The O's have the great Adam Jones in center field, but he has been flanked by the likes of Travis Snider, Steve Pearce, Delmon Young, David Lough, Nolan Reimold and others at times this season. Chris Davis has been playing right field of late. Outfield was an obvious area of need.

Parra, 28, is in the middle of a career year, hitting .328/.369/.517 (140 OPS+) with 24 doubles, nine home runs and 31 RBI in 100 games for the Brewers. He hit .267/.321/.388 (94 OPS+) while averaging 32 doubles, 10 home runs and 46 RBI per 162 games from 2012-14.

The timing of his career year worked out nicely for the Brewers. Parra is an impending free agent who is owed approximately $2.5 million the rest of the season. Baltimore figures to try to sign him to a contract extension before he hits the open market.

The 22-year-old Davies has a 2.84 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 33 walks in 101 1/3 Triple-A innings this year. He was the O's 26th round pick in 2011. Baseball America ranked Davies as Baltimore's sixth best prospect before the season, saying he "projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter."

The Brewers are in full blown sell mode now. They traded Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to the Astros on Thursday and Gerardo Parra on Friday. Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Francisco Rodriguez and Adam Lind could all be moved before the trade deadline.

The Orioles are 51-50, six games back in the AL East and two games back of a wild-card spot. They are in the same exact position as the Blue Jays, who have traded for Troy Tulowitzki and David Price in recent days.

Gerardo Parra is the newest Oriole.
Gerardo Parra is the newest Oriole. (USATSI)

THREE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE TRADE

1. The O's left fielders have been really, really bad.

So far this season Baltimore's left fielders are hitting .210/.283/.330 (71 OPS+) with eight home runs and 25 RBI, which is among the very worst production at the position in all of baseball. Snider leads the way with 36 starts in left this year. With Davis settling into right field, Parra figures to take over in left, and even if he reverts back to his 2012-14 form down the stretch, he'll still be a huge upgrade over what the O's have been getting from the position.

2. The Orioles are going for it.

Last week the Orioles lost four straight and were swept by the Yankees, and there was talk the team was preparing to sell before the trade deadline. Davis and Matt Wieters, who will become free agents after the season, were the obvious trade candidates. But, since the four losses, the O's have won five of six. The Parra trade shows they're going for it, not selling. The division is not out of reach but the wild-card spot is more attainable.

3. The Brewers are getting quality prospects for their players.

On Thursday, the Brewers send Gomez and Fiers to the Astros for four impressive prospects: outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, lefty Josh Hader and righty Adrian Houser. Phillips, Santana and Hader were among the 12 best prospects in Houston's stacked farm system coming into the season according to Baseball America. Davies is not a super high-upside guy but he is very likely to pitch in a big league rotation and soon, which is very valuable, especially since he'll be making close to the MLB minimum for a few years. Milwaukee is getting a nice blend of upside and probability in their trades so far.

CBS Sports Writer

Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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