The Milwaukee Brewers have until Nov. 30 to decide if they will non-tender left-handed reliever Manny Parra or left-handed starter Chris Narveson. As of right now, the Brewers appear likely to sign Narveson while Parra is the leading candidate to be non-tendered.
Milwaukee must offer contracts to all unsigned players on their 40-man roster before the Nov. 30th deadline. If the Brewers decide to non-tender Parra then he will officially become a free agent by the end of the day Friday.
The 30-year-old reliever missed the entire 2011 season with an injured elbow while he showed no signs of improvement in his performance on the mound last year. Parra posted a 3-10 record with a 5.02 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 42 games, 16 of which were starts in 2010. Milwaukee elected to move Parra to the bullpen in 2012 after his struggles as a starter. This past season he went 2-3 with a 5.06 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings.
Parra should only be used against left-handed hitters, which makes him a relief specialist, and an expensive one at that. However, manager Ron Roenicke chose to use him for full innings, which typically turned into a disaster. In 2012, Parra held left-handed batters to a .229 average while right-handed hitters crushed him a majority of the time for a .296 average.
Considering Parra is projected to make $1.6 million in 2013 while Narveson will only require $800k, the Brewers will most likely decide that it is in their best interest to keep the starter. Assuming Narveson is able to undergo a successful rehabilitation of his throwing arm, there is much more upside to him than there is to Parra.
Milwaukee has already cut ties with reliever Kameron Loe, reliever Jose Veras, outfielder Nyjer Morgan and infielder Travis Ishikawa. However, general manager Doug Melvin has not ruled out the possibility of bringing back Loe, whose sinker has certainly proved to be successful in the past.
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