First, yesterday afternoon several major trade-breakers said that the 59-103 Astros had completely a trade to ship out backup catcher Humberto Quintero and Outfielder Jason Bourgeois - but no one knew their destination. Speculation among the "Natosphere" exploded, had the Nationals just traded Jesus Flores? Had Rizzo just acquired a mediocre, low-OBP Center Fielder? WHAT HAPPENED!!! Well, the excitement quickly settled down as it was soon reported that the deal was with the Royals, not the Curly W's.
Crisis averted; because, really, would you want a 30 year-old Center Fielder with only 401 career ABs and a .307 OBP?
The more interesting story also started yesterday, as Danny Knobler of CBS Sports tweeted that The Nationals had two scouts watching D'Backs Gold Glover Gerardo Parra, with another 4 scouts there today. Interesting...
Parra is an interesting player that would be a fantastic fit in the Nationals lineup. He would slot easily into the lead-off spot (.357 OBP in 2011), as well as Center Field. In 2011, Parra had what many would call a breakout year, notching career highs in Average, On-Base, and Slugging. In a crazy turn of events, Parra enters the year as the Diamondbacks 4th outfielder, their Roger Bernadina if you will, after the D'Backs signed Jason Kubel to a 3-year, $22.5 Million Dollar deal this offseason.
That being said, Parra will not come cheap. He is still young (24) and under club control for the next 4 years (meaning he costs the team very little money) - they have absolutely no reason to trade him. It would take a solid package for the Nats to acquire his services - I think it would take Lannan, a top 20 prospect (read, Eury Perez or Michael Taylor), and maybe Flores as well.
Would you make that trade?? Yell at me in the comments. BONUS POINTS FOR ALL CAPS!!!