The Brewers are trading Gerardo Parra to the Orioles in exchange for right-hander Zach Davies, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. SB Nation's Lookout Landing was first to report the deal last night.
We reported last night that a Parra-to-Baltimore was a strong possibility, as the O's have been looking for outfield upgrades and Milwaukee has been aggressively shopping him. Parra is the fourth significant Brewer to be dealt this month, joining Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers.
Parra is the first Orioles' pickup of this trade season, just one year after Baltimore aggressively acquired Andrew Miller from the Red Sox in exchange for Eduardo Rodriguez. Baltimore is also said to be working on a trade for Phillies' outfielder Ben Revere and may also trade reliever Tommy Hunter to the Cubs, according to a report.
Parra has had a breakout season for Milwaukee, hitting .328/.369/.517 with nine homers in 100 games. The 28-year old is a two-time Gold Glover and will reinforce an Orioles' outfield that currently consists of David Lough, Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Travis Snider and Nolan Reimold, providing an immediate upgrade. The 28-year old is a free agent after the season and is expected to land a significant deal on the open market.
Davies, 22, is the third-best prospect in the Orioles' system, according to MLB.com. The right-hander is regarded as a low-ceiling, undersized righty with limited stuff, but has posted a 2.84 ERA in eighteen starts with Triple-A Norfolk so far this season. Davies projects as a fourth or fifth starter at the major-league level.