Washington Nationals select contract of outfielder Gerardo Parra from Triple-A

Mar 20, 2021; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto (22) celebrates scoring in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins with teammate Gerardo Parra (88) during a spring training game at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals selected the contract of outfielder Gerardo Parra on Sunday and optioned infielder Luis Garcia to Triple-A Rochester following Saturday night’s game.

Parra, 34, joins the Nationals after hitting .219 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 21 games with Triple-A Rochester. Parra spent the 2020 season with the Yomiuri Giants of the Japan Professional League.

Parra returned to the Nationals on a minor league contract with an invitation to 2021 spring training. He was a key member of Washington’s 2019 World Series-winning team, when he hit .250 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 89 games.

A two-time Gold Glove Award winner, Parra is a career .276 hitter with 88 home runs and 522 RBIs in 1,466 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2009-14), Milwaukee Brewers (2014-15), Baltimore Orioles (2015), Colorado Rockies (2016-18), San Francisco Giants (2019) and Nationals.
In 11 games this season, Garcia, 21, hit .222 and scored three runs.

The Nationals also designated minor-league left-hander Ben Braymer for assignment.

–Field Level Media