Montero – Rooting? Parra – Packing? Maybe …

by Ben Catley

Talk about two opposite directions …

It’s looking more and more like Miguel Montero (2002-03) is going to get what he has been trying for over the past couple of years – stability. The catcher, who signed a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, may soon be inking a long-term deal.

This is good news … what is the baffling part is what to do with OF Gerardo Parra (2006).

Some of that became a little bit clearer when D-backs manager Kirk Gibson essentially said that Parra needs to learn to play center field. Which he will, especially since it will mean more playing time for him.

And, for some D-backs faithful, is better than the alternative – trading him away.

It seems as if that Parra-to-the-Nationals rumor has gone away, but we shall see. Although Chris Young may want to be on notice about his job as well.

Stat of the day: Three former Osprey appear on this list of projected starters/relievers/starting lineup. Add Lyle Overbay and Parra, and your former Osprey on the D-backs roster looks to, at the moment, be at five.

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