Brewers avoid arbitration with outfielder Parra
On the deadline for arbitration-eligible players to strike deals, the Milwaukee Brewers avoided an arbitration hearing with Gerardo Parra by signing him to a one-year contract.
Parra was arbitration-eligible for the final time and will be a free agent following the season. According to MLB.com, Parra and the Brewers agreed on a $6.23 million salary for 2015, up from the $4.85 million he made last season.
If Milwaukee wouldn’t have agreed to a deal with Parra on Friday, the two sides would have went to a hearing in February where an arbitrator rules for either the player or the club.
Acquired by the Brewers in a trade deadline deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks last July 31, Parra hit .261 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 150 games between both teams.
Parra finished second behind then-Braves outfielder Jason Heyward for the Gold Glove for National League right fielders.
The two-time Gold Glove award winner is expected to split time with Khris Davis in left field in 2015, much like he did after coming to the Brewers last season.
Entering his seventh big-league season, Parra is a career .274 hitter with 42 home runs and 260 RBI over 833 games. The 27-year-old signed as an amateur free agent with the Diamondbacks in 2004 and made his major-league debut in 2009.
The Brewers avoided arbitration with catcher Martin Maldonado on Thursday. They have no other players eligible for arbitration this year.
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