Report: Colorado Rockies In Pursuit Of Gerardo Parra
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Report: Colorado Rockies In Pursuit Of Gerardo Parra

The Colorado Rockies are said to be in "serious pursuit" of free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com on Thursday afternoon.

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The Colorado Rockies are said to be in "serious pursuit" of free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com on Thursday afternoon.

As Heyman notes, the 28 year old is said to have seven or eight teams in on him, drawing interest aside from Colorado.

As per a report from Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Parra is sitting on multiple offers as he awaits another top-tier free agent such as Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes or Alex Gordon to sign before he picks his destination for the upcoming season.

The news comes just days after rumors began to make their rounds as to what the future looks like for Carlos Gonzalez, who has spent his entire big league career with the Rockies.

It is said that the club has been recently considering a deal that would send Gonzalez elsewhere in exchange for other incumbent outfielders much like himself. 

The Rockies are said to be the top bidder at the moment, however a team like the Washington Nationals are also looking to add to their outfield with a versitile piece such as Parra with GM Mike Rizzo a fan of his abilities.

The San Francisco Giants are also among those teams looking to add depth to their outfield, where he would likely be a starting outfielder if added.

As noted by MLBTradeRumors, the Kansas City Royals are a team that could make sense for Parra, but there is no confirmation of sorts saying they are in fact one of those clubs in on him.

Parra spent the wider portion of the 2015 season with the Baltimore Orioles after having been traded from the Milwaukee Brewers back at the deadline.

Over that time span, he hit .291/.328/.452 with five home runs and 20 RBI's in 55 games played while making a total of 224 plate appearances.

Parra displays a wide range of coverage throught the outfield as he plays well defensively, though his statistics on the field dropped dramatically as he was not given a ton of playing time during the season.

If he is acquired, Parra would likely be a short-term fix as the Rockies would continue looking at other options as part of a greater bilding strategy. 

It is said that Parra is looking for a four-year deal and clubs are aware of that, therefore it shall make for an interesting deal as the team at the same time will look to move Corey Dickerson and Charlie Blackmon as well.

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