Diamondbacks' Gerardo Parra celebrates his solo home run
against the Detroit Tigers during the sixth inning of a
baseball game, Monday, July 21, 2014, in Phoenix.
Left-handed hitter Gerardo Parra is bringing a little balance to a
Milwaukee Brewers lineup stacked with right-handed bats.
The two-time Gold
Glove winning outfielder was acquired from the Arizona
Diamondbacks for a pair of minor leaguers Thursday ahead of the
non-waiver trade deadline. The NL Central-leading Brewers sent
outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-hander Anthony Banda to Arizona.
Parra was hitting
.259, about 25 points lower than his career average, with six
homers and 30 RBIs. The Brewers could use him in a platoon with
righty bat Khris Davis, who is hitting just .232 against
Parra is hitting
.271 against righties, and .429 overall since July 23.
The Brewers were
off Thursday, spending much of the day in St. Petersburg, Florida,
after losing two of three to the Tampa Bay Rays. Milwaukee begins
a three-game series Friday against division rival St. Louis, which
added right-handed starters Justin Masterson and John Lackey at
the trade deadline.
expected to join the team Friday in St. Louis. center fielder
Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez —
all right-handed hitters — lead the Brewers' lineup.
the family to the Brewers," Gomez said Thursday afternoon on
is hitting .302 with eight homers as the left-handed half of a
platoon at second base with Rickie Weeks. Lyle Overbay, who is
hitting .232 with four homers, is the only other left-handed
hitter who plays with any regularity.
The addition of
Parra gives Milwaukee another top glove in the outfield to join
Gomez. Outfielder Logan Schafer will be optioned to Triple-A
Nashville to make room for Parra, the team said.
Haniger was playing for Double-A Huntsville. He was Milwaukee's
No. 3 prospect, according to Baseball America. He was hitting .255
with 10 homers and 34 RBIs.
Banda, 20, was
6-6 with a 3.66 ERA for Class A Wisconsin.