There were rumors last summer that the Cubs were interested in acquiring Gerardo Parra from the Brewers; eventually he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles, as they made a run at a playoff spot. The Orioles fell short while the Cubs went on a winning run in August even without Parra.
So why acquire him now? Parra can play center field, though he's not really a center fielder. His defensive numbers in center field are average at best. But then, so are Dexter Fowler's.
Parra's main value these days is at the plate. He had his best power season in 2015, hitting 36 doubles, five triples and 14 home runs. His .452 SLG ranked 52nd of 142 qualified hitters in MLB last year, which isn't bad for a guy who had a .395 career slugging percentage entering the 2015 season. He's got a bit of speed, too, with 14 stolen bases last year.
So that's what you'd be getting with Parra, who enters his age-29 season in 2016 -- a bit more power than many center fielders, and giving up a bit of defense to get it. Parra made $6.2 million last year and is likely looking for a two- or three-year deal, which might be too long for the Cubs.
Would you take Parra on a short-term contract? Or are the Cubs better off looking elsewhere?