The Reds have re-upped Manny Parra on a two-year deal at 5.5 million dollars, per Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
After an incredibly rough start to last season with the Reds in the month of April, Parra went down to Louisville to rehab and upon his return to the Major League club became a force. Similarly to how Todd Frazier filled in admirably for Joey Votto in 2012; with Sean Marshall, the primary left-hander out of the bullpen being gone for the majority of the summer, Parra became arguably the Reds best reliever over a stretch of time.
Our very own Torry Hamilton touched on this very issue of re-signing Parra about a month ago, saying this:
“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.”
Well, having his salary bumped up nearly 2.75 million per season opposed to last year’s 1 million may be a significant increase, but due to the fact that Parra was virtually lights out down the stretch last season, his contract may have well been warranted.
In agreement with Torry, I think Parra’s ability to go multiple innings is a huge factor as he can work not only as a left-handed specialist but as a long man as well. Parra posted not only a career high in WAR last season out of the pen for the Reds, but also held opposing batters to a .140 batting average in high leverage situations last season.
While his numbers were much better when catcher Ryan Hanigan was behind the dish, with the signing of Brayan Pena, it seems that the aforementioned Pena and Mesoraco will be handling the pitching staff this season.
With Parra’s re-signing, the Reds bullpen picture becomes a little less murky as they’ve established another arm that should be firing out of the pen for the entirety of the 2014 campaign.