Brewers acquire OF Gerardo Parra

Gerardo Parra

The Milwaukee Brewers added a veteran bat for the stretch drive Thursday when they acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league outfielder Mitch Haniger and lefty pitcher Anthony Banda.

Parra, 27, is having a down year with a .259 batting average and a .667 OPS in 104 games. But he's a solid defender and a versatile outfielder who can play left field, center and right.

The Diamondbacks recently began shopping Parra, according to a baseball source, because of his declining performance and rising cost. He's making $4.85 million this season and is eligible for salary arbitration this winter.

Parra will join a talented Milwaukee outfield that already features former MVP Ryan Braun, All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez and emerging slugger Khris Davis, who has 17 home runs this season.

Haniger, a supplemental first-round pick by Milwaukee in the 2012 draft, was rated the Brewers' No. 3 prospect by Baseball America going into this season. He's hitting .255 with 10 homers and a .416 slugging percentage in 67 games with Double-A Huntsville.

Banda, a 10th-round pick in the 2012 draft, is 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA for Wisconsin in the Class A Midwest League this season.

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