Parra agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract Wednesday with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Though Parra didn't have a substantial role for the Nationals during the postseason in the club's run to its first World Series, he proved to be a useful reserve and fill-in starter in the outfield and first base in the regular season. Still, the 32-year-old put together a meager .234/.293/.391 slash line (74 wRC+) across 301 plate appearances, production that likely would have forced him to settle for a lesser salary had he elected to continue his career stateside. Instead, he'll head overseas on a deal worth up to $2.5 million in bonuses in 2020. The contract also contains a $3 million vesting option for 2021.
Parra went 2-for-2 with three RBI in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Indians. Parra was the Nationals' top batter during the three-game series to close out the regular season, racking up seven hits -- including four for extra bases -- over the weekend. He'll likely fill a bench role Tuesday for the Nationals' wild-card matchup with the Brewers, but his hot run at the dish could make him manager Dave Martinez's top pinch-hitting option.
Parra went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and four RBI in an 8-2 victory over the Nationals on Friday. He's not playing everyday, but after picking up his first hit in weeks Thursday night, Parra exploded for his first three-hit performance since June 1. The home run was also his first since Aug. 7. Parra is batting .224 with eight home runs, 41 RBI, 36 runs and eight stolen bases in 268 at-bats this season.
Parra is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Mets. While Adam Eaton tended to a sore right knee, Parra made all three starts in right field for the Nationals during the team's weekend series with Miami, going 1-for-13 with a run scored in those contests. Eaton received the green light to rejoin the lineup for Monday's series opener and is expected to play on an everyday basis moving forward, likely closing the door on Parra's path to steady at-bats.
Parra is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds. Parra drew starts in each of the past three games, seeing action at all three outfield spots. In spite of the recent surge in playing time, Parra seems unlikely to keep receiving regular starts while all of Adam Eaton, Victor Robles and Juan Soto are reasonably healthy.