By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Colorado Rockets have declined Gerardo Parra’s $12.5 million club option for the 2019 season. Since the team declined his option, he will receive a $1.5 million buyout.
He will now become a free agent.
With the Rockies declining his option, Parra joins Carlos González, who is expected to leave the team in free agency. The team already has two cornerstones in Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl. The team will use spring training to determine its other outfielder.
The 31-year-old Santa Barbara, Venezuela native signed a three-year, $27.5 million deal with the Rockies before the 2016 season. However, during his tenure, he has struggled, despite playing in the best offensive park in all of baseball.
He had a .284 batting average in 142 games during the 2018 season. He had six home runs and 53 RBIs, along with scoring 52 runs in 401 at-bats.
During his three-year tenure with the Rockies, he appeared in 359 games. He had a .283 batting average with 23 home runs and 163 RBIs, along with 153 runs in 1,161 at-bats.
His best season in Colorado was in 2017 when he had a .309 batting average with 10 home runs and 71 RBIs in 115 games over 425 at-bats.
Besides playing for the Rockies, Parra has also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Baltimore Orioles. He has spent the majority of his career in the National League.
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