The Milwaukee Brewers made one deal before this afternoons (3pm) Major League Baseball trade deadline. They added the left-handed hitting outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks. In return, the Brewers sent minor league outfielder Mitch Haniger and minor league pitcher Anthony Banda to Arizona.
Parra is hitting .259 with six home runs and 30 RBI in 104 games this season. He has made 98 starts. Parra had spent his entire professional career in the Diamondbacks organization. He is a career .274 hitter.
Parra is an outstanding defender, winning gold gloves in left field in 2011 and right field in 2013. Entering today, his 62 outfield assists since 2009 were tied for second with two others in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista (63).
To make room on the roster, the Brewers sent outfielder Logan Schafer to Triple-A Nashville.
The 24-year-old Haniger was selected by the Brewers in the supplemental first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He batted .255 with 10 HR and 34 RBI in 67 games at Double-A Huntsville this season. The 20-year-old Banda was selected by the Brewers in the 10th round of the 2012 draft. He was 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA and 2 saves in 20 games (14 starts) at Class-A Wisconsin this season.