PHOENIX The Diamondbacks completed their offseason business by signing Gerardo Parra to a 2.35 million contract, avoiding arbitration with their last eligible player. It leaves manager Kirk Gibson in a similar situation he faced last season how to play manage playing time with his four capable outfielder starters.
Newcomer Cody Ross is expected to take over in right field for departed Justin Upton, and Ross may play as much as previous fixture Upton, inasmuch as he is the only right-handed hitter in the group that also includes Jason Kubel and Adam Eaton.
The plan appears to include Eaton as the leadoff hitter and center fielder, although he has only one month of major league experience after a callup last September, and the D-backs do not want to overload him.
Ross and Parra also can play center field. Ross started in center field for the Marlins in 2008-10, and he told the D-backs after signing his three-year, 26 million free agent contract that he preferred center to the cor...