Orioles would like to retain Gerardo Parra, but at no more than two years
In July, the Mets expressed interest in acquiring OF Gerardo Parra in a deal with the Brewers, and at one point were considering a deal before eventually calling up Michael Conforto and turning to the Braves to acquire Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe.
But the Mets have renewed interest in Parra this winter, now that he’s a free agent. But there’s competition in the field for Parra’s services, inclusive of the Orioles, the team who acquired him mid-year.
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Baltimore has an interest in bringing the former gold glover back into the fold. But the Orioles are interested on a limited basis, as they’re only interested in a deal of up to two years.
That could bode well for the Mets, if they are interested in Parra beyond that term. But that remains unclear at this time.
Parra is a tremendous defensive player and had a breakout year in 2015 at the plate, setting a career high with 14 home runs, a .517 slugging percentage, OPS+ of 139 and 247 total bases. Parra is also a phenomenal defensive player.
Parra struggled at the plate after being traded from the Brewers to the Orioles, but again he otherwise had a fabulous year at the plate. But if the Mets were to acquire him, it’s hard to imagine he could replicate his production from this past season in the pitcher-friendly National League East, although defense never slumps and again, he is a fantastic outfielder.
Parra is not a natural fit in centerfield, having played the bulk of his career in both corner outfield spots. It’s also not clear he would want to shift positions and be in a platoon at age 28. There are certainly more natural fits for him elsewhere on the market, and if he can get a 3-4 year deal with those teams, it seems logical for him to pursue those opportunities.
But Parra is not tied to draft compensation for the Mets or any other interested team who might want to sign him.
In addition to the Orioles and Mets, the Royals have expressed interest in Parra so far this winter.