Free Agent: Manny Parra

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As the MLB Free Agency period looms, the Reds will have to make a decision on a handful of players. Today I am going to give a quick look at the impending free agency of reliever Manny Parra.

Parra was signed to a one-year free agent contract right before training camp on February 1st of the 2013 season for $1.0M. Before this campaign, Parra had a little bit of success the previous few seasons both as a relief pitcher and as part of Milwaukee’s starting rotation. The 31-year old (as of tomorrow) finished up his sixth season in the majors with the Reds.

Parra’s 2013 numbers were respectable. Pitching in 57 games, he had a 2-3 W-L record and an ERA of 3.33; 56 strikeouts and 15 walks (almost a 4 to 1 K/BB ratio), to go along with 11.0 K/9, 2.9 BB/9 and a WHIP of 1.196 (career best). Considering Parra’s main job for this team was to come in to the middle innings and get one or two batters out, he performed satisfactorily.

Parra was one of five left-handers that pitched for the Reds in 2013.  Tony Cingrani was the only one of those five to log innings as a starter. Parra, Zach Duke, Sean Marshall (set up specialist) and, of course Aroldis Chapman is the closer.

So, should Parra be signed again by the Reds? I think his stats warrant that he should. Given that he and Duke serve the same role, to come into the middle innings and match up either against a left-handed hitter or a right-handed hitter that he had a history of success against, Parra’s positive work last season with the Reds plays in his favor. In addition, he has the ability to go multiple innings if needed. If the Reds can sign Parra to a short-term deal with a not much of a change in his salary, he will be back at Great American Ballpark in 2014. Do you think Manny Parra should return to the Reds? Let me know your thoughts.

Topics: Cincinnati Reds, Free Agency, Manny Parra, MLB

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  • Bill Hedges

    Well said. I have to admit that I wasn’t terribly impressed by Parra initially. Yet he appeared to get more comfortable in his role and delivered some quality innings. If he’s willing to accept the same money, I’d be inclined to maintain him on the roster.

    • Torry Hamilton

      Bill, about mid-way through the season his stats were HORRIBLE! There was an article I saw on another site indicating what a huge mistake it had been signing Parra. I didn’t disagree at that time, but once the All-Star Break came and went, Manny really threw well and got the Reds out of some jams. He has yet to make more than $1.2M per season in his career, so there is no reason to think he will price himself out of a job.

    • Josh Bresser

      In this market, I’m sure he’ll be looking for a raise of some point after having (by far) his best season. I don’t think it will be anything too bad, though, and they should be able to afford him.

  • Josh Bresser

    I had originally written (on here, no less) after we got Parra that I thought he could be a serviceable LOOGY. About 2 months into the season, my prediction was looking pretty silly. After he came back, though, he was dominant. I wish he had pitched like that all year, though, but it might make him a little more affordable.

  • Bill Hedges

    Perhaps it’s merely wishful thinking on my part; but, I suspect that as this WS comes to a close that between “hot stove” and this winter’s meeting there will be a great deal of activty this off-season by a multitude of clubs . . . especially with regard to middle relievers which invariably will drive salary prices up. Personally I think the Reds will provide a $14m qualifying offer to Bronson which he won’t take (Jock will do it simply for the compensation pick aka the Wacca maneuver). Regardless, Bronson’s former salary will be used in part to re-sign Choo, but alas I don’t think he’ll bite either. So back into the market for a lead-off caliber guy? I like Billy but it’s probably to early for him to start unless its back to 2nd base . . . which brings up BP but that will have to wait for a “later post:)” Appreciate the dialogue guys; when do pitchers/catchers report? :)

    • Josh Bresser

      The salary room we gain from Arroyo leaving will be used on arbitration raises, as well as contractual raises for guys like Marshall, Broxton (ugh), and Chapman.

  • Torry Hamilton

    Thanks, Bill! As far as reporting dates, only a few teams (Reds not one of them) have anything posted at