Parra confirmed the deal with Colorado with his own tweet.
The deal is expected to be for 27.5M over three years and includes a fourth year at 12M and a 1.5M buyout.
But Parra tailed off down the stretch, ending the year with a .291/.328/.452 slash. That’s still good, of course, but is hardly the breakout that had seemed in the offing as of late summer. And he’s been more of an average to slightly-below-average offensive producer for most of his career. It’s worth noting, too, that the left-handed-hitting Parra has also tended to carry significant platoon splits.
It’s at least as hard to peg Parra from a defensive perspective. He became something of a sabermetric darling back in 2013, when he turned in a monster year with the glove (29.5 UZR, 41 DRS). That had followed several years of above-average metrics, seeming to suggest that Parra was one of the game’s best corner outfielders (if not also a good center fielder as well). But both of those major defensive rating systems have identified a significant drop-off in each of the last two seasons, with Parra rating as a well-below-average performer last season.
Parra was a personal favorite when he was traded to Baltimore last season, bringing an excitement and energy that was a pleasure to see. He also seemed to fit in to the clubhouse immediately, so I’m a little saddened to see him leave, however it appears he wasn’t the right fit for the club after his late season struggles. He will be headed back to the NL where he hopes to regain the success he found in the beginning of last season.