2017 salary: $8 million
Contract status: Due $10 million in 2018, $12 million in 2019, unrestricted free agent in 2020
It’s hard to picture a member of the Rockies in recent memory who was so vilified in one season and then looked upon as one of the key pieces of the team the following year.
There were a lot of things that went wrong for Gerardo Parra in 2016, including a high ankle sprain that short-circuited his season and a campaign that saw him walk just nine times in 102 games. Nine. Times. And he did that while striking out 73 times.
But that was then and this is now. When Parra went out of the lineup in early June with a strained quad, he was one of the best offensive weapons for the Rockies. The team went 13-15 without Parra. Fans started asking when the 30-year-old Parra would return to the lineup and give Colorado a spark at the plate.
Trade potential: If we learned nothing in his absence, we learned that the Rockies miss his bat and his spirit. Talk to Bud Black or any of the Rockies and they’ll tell you how much fun it is to have Parra in the dugout or in the clubhouse. That and what he is owed over the next two seasons will tell you that Parra probably isn’t going anywhere at the trade deadline.
It’s highly unlikely Parra will be moved this July.