The Milwaukee Brewers added OF Gerardo Parra on Thursday in a deadline day deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, sending OF prospect Mitch Haniger and LHP Anthony Banda in exchange for the two-time Gold Glove winner.
Parra brings top-flight defense to the potent Brewers outfield, as he has over 300 games worth of experience in each of the corner OF positions in his career and has appeared in CF in 136 games. His left-handed hitting should also provide the perfect complement to the right-handed bat of current LF Khris Davis, as both have fairly pronounced platoon splits, giving the 1st place Brewers an added threat in their pursuit of the NL Central crown.
Heading to Arizona in the deal is Haniger, who has put up a .732 OPS in 271 Double-A appearances so far in 2014, and Banda, a 20 year old LHP who has a 3.36 ERA in 83.2 A-ball innings. Haniger was ranked as the 3rd best prospect in a light Brewers system by Baseball America prior to the 2014 season, and Banda was actually drafted by Arizona out of high school in the 33rd round of the 2011 draft (he did not sign, though, and was later drafted in the 10th round of the 2012 draft out of junior college by Milwaukee).
Parra has a little over $1.5 million of his 2014 salary remaining, and he'll be 3rd year arbitration eligible for the 2015 season for Milwaukee. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro, and KTAR-Phoenix's John Gambodoro each broke parts of the trade.