Yesterday on Twitter, Jim Bowden raised the question of a possible trade proposal for the Tigers. His trade proposal goes as follows, the Tigers would acquire OF Gerardo Parra from the Dbacks for Don Kelly–Andy Dirks and Andrew Oliver.
At a glance the trade looked kind of obscured, but after looking it over, it actually looks like a good deal.
I know some fans might not want to trade away utility man Don Kelly but, why not? Yes, he can play ever single position on the diamond but, that’s what backup players are for. Raburn,Santiago and possibly Worth to man the infield spots and Young and Thomas to backup the outfield. Problem solved.
As far as Dirks goes, he’s a great defender and has showed he could possibly be a decent hitter in the Bigs. He’ll be a fourth or fifth outfielder at best, hit for a decent average with decent power. He’s a good outfield prospect, not a great one. So letting Dirks go won’t sting much.
The last piece the Tigers would offer is Andrew Oliver. Andy has pitched at the Big League level but, didn’t fair well. Oliver once was thought of as a Top
Pitching Prospect in the Tigers organization but has recently fell in the ranks. He has Major League quality stuff but, his control issues have hampered him. If he ever figures it out, he has the stuff to be a middle of the rotation kind of guy. Letting Andy go in a trade really isn’t the worst. Especially with the other arms the Tigers have down on the farm.
Now let’s talk about the most important part of trade, Gerardo Parra. Parra is a young (24) outfielder (LF,CF,RF), with pretty good speed, above average bat and a great throwing arm. Parra had 12 assists last year, most of the coming from LF. So that right there tells you he’s got an arm. He hit .292 with 8HR and 46RBI and 15SB to go along with it.
Parra helps the Tigers not only defensively but offensively as well. He has the speed and bat to be a lead-off hitter. So if Jackson continues to struggle in the lead-off spot, Parra could slide in and do well.
In closing, “if” this trade really goes through its a win-win for both sides. Tigers yes, are giving up three guys for one but, the return is much better than the giveaway.