SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Throughout the offseason, the Giants have planned to add two veteran outfielders. They're now halfway there.
Gerardo Parra, who played the previous three seasons for the division rival Rockies, is signing a minor league deal with the organization, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. The deal was first reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Parra will be in big league camp.
Parra, 31, has played all three outfield spots in the majors and adds depth to a young group. The Giants have openings in right and left, with Steven Duggar on track to start in center.
Parra posted a .284/.342/.372 slash line with the Rockies last season, with six homers, 17 doubles and 11 stolen bases. He actually had better numbers away from Coors Field, posting a .739 OPS on the road. Parra, who broke into the big leagues with the Diamondbacks, has a .310 career average at Oracle Park.
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The Giants are still chasing Bryce Harper, but they wanted to add multiple options. Parra gives them a familiar one in one of the corners.
For years, the formula at Oracle Park was simple. Draft and develop contributors and then lock them up to lucrative extensions.
It was a plan that kept Giants fans and players happy, but over time it became clear it was not sustainable. The Giants are more pragmatic these days, and that showed in the negotiations with Madison Bumgarner. The Giants were in it until the end, but Bumgarner ultimately found more money elsewhere.
The Giants offered a four-year deal just above $70 million, NBC Sports Bay Area has learned. That fell short of the five-year $85 million deal Bumgarner reportedly has agreed to with the Diamondbacks. The Giants presented a higher average annual value but were unwilling to go to a fifth year for Bumgarner, who turned 30 in August.
It’s unclear if anyone else out there was willing to offer the fifth year that ultimately may have been a tipping point. Bumgarner’s side sought a deal in excess of $100 million over the last week, meeting with the Giants and Dodgers at the Winter Meetings as the left-hander’s market started to come into place.
While the Dodgers were serious about their pursuit, they never intended to get into the $100 million range. Instead, it was another NL West team that stepped up with the winning offer.
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There would be no hometown discount this time. Bumgarner signed his first long-term deal as a 22-year-old, taking lifetime security and $35 million guaranteed, with two option years that were picked up. When he hit free agency for the first time, Bumgarner looked to make up for that below-market deal. The Diamondbacks were the ones most willing to help him do that.
Every MLB roster goes through changes year after year. The Giants are no different.
But since May 2011, there have been three consistencies in San Francisco: Buster Posey has been behind the dish, Brandon Crawford has been at shortstop and Madison Bumgarner has been in the starting rotation. The final part of that equation is no more.
Bumgarner reportedly agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract to join the Arizona Diamondbacks. There he will join former Giants catcher Stephen Vogt, and play his old teammates plenty of times as he stays in the NL West.
Posey praised Bumgarner for his competitiveness, and told The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly that he's looking forward to facing MadBum.
Baggarly also got a hold of Crawford, who admitted it "definitely will be weird" hitting off Bumgarner.
Bumgarner and Posey won three World Series rings together, with Crawford being a part of the final two. But the amount of times Posey caught the lefty truly is wild to look at.
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The 30-year-old Bumgarner has pitched in 289 regular-season major league games. Posey has caught 228 of them. He has been in the squat for 1,451 1/3 innings of Bumgarner's 1,846 innings pitched in the regular season. The two were battery mates many, many more times in the playoffs as well.
With the Giants moving on from Bumgarner, it's clear a full rebuild is going down in San Francisco. We might be counting down Posey and Crawford's playing days here, too.