Trade Deadline: Denorfia And Parra Leave NL West
While the Los Angeles Dodgers mulled the various trade options available to them before ultimately deciding to stand pat, two NL West foes made moves prior to Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
With the Seattle Mariners fighting for a playoff spot in the AL, they made the decision to acquire outfielder Chris Denorfia from the San Diego Padres. The move was first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
chris denorfia is going to the mariners
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2014
The Arizona Diamondbacks joined the Padres in sending one of their players out of the division when they chose to trade Gerardo Parra, according to Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network’s Jon Morosi:
Gerardo Parra to Brewers.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2014
Denorfia had been on the Padres since 2010 and has batting average of .242 with one home run and 16 RBIs this season. Throughout his career, he has been known to be one of the better batters against left-handed pitchers as he has hit .301 over his nine years in the league.
The Denorfia trade preceded the Mariners involvement in a David Price three-team trade. In Denorfia trade, the Padres received two minor league players in pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen and outfielder Abraham Almonte.
As for Parra, he has been highly regarded for his defense and throwing arm. He’s won a Gold Glove award first in 2011 and then 2013. The Diamondbacks sent him over to Milwaukee who are hoping to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central race.
The Brewers gave up outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda from their minor league system to acquire Parra.
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