Gerardo Parra continues to raise his trade value. Parra has had a notable amount of offensive success to this point in 2015, and according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Mets, Angels, Orioles, and a "mystery team" are all interested in the veteran outfielder.
At 43-56 heading into Monday night's contest against the Giants, the Brewers are expected to sell before the end of the week. Parra is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, is making $6.3 million in 2015, and is more likely to be dealt than his outfield counterpart Carlos Gomez, who has also consistently been mentioned in trade rumors but could stay with the Brewers. Heyman was told the Brewers are not likely to move Gomez because he is under contract through 2016 and will only make close to $12 million.
Even after adding Shane Victorino on Monday afternoon, the Angels are still seeking a left-handed outfield bat. Victorino gives Los Angeles depth on its bench and the organization is considering Parra, Jay Bruce, Ben Revere, and David Murphy, Heyman notes. Both the Mets, who have been linked to Justin Upton, and the Orioles are interested in adding an outfielder and Parra might be ideal since he is affordable. New York and Baltimore are both competing for playoff spots.
Parra, 28, has posted a .317/.356/.505 batting line to complement nine home runs and 31 RBIs through 96 games in 2015. He hit nine home runs and batted .261 through 150 games last season and has proven to be a consistent left-handed hitting option who also has the ability to steal bases. It might not take a lot to acquire Parra since he is considered to be a rental-type player and as a result he could be dealt soon.