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.