CINCINNATI Sometimes rummaging through a rubbish bin turns up something that looks unusable but turns out to have value.Find an old lamp with a shredded shade, tarnished stand and frayed cord and if you put on a new shade, polish it up and replace the cord and you might have light.
Such is the case with Cincinnati Reds left-handed pitcher Manny Parra. The Milwaukee Brewers used him in nearly every way imaginable, trying to find life.
In 2010 he started 26 games and pitched 16 games in relief and was 3-10 with a 5.02 earned run average. Then he hurt his arm and missed the entire 2011 season.
The Brewers didnt yet give up. They signed him to a one-year deal for 2012 and used him exclusively in relief 62 times, 2-3 record, 5.06 earned run average.
Then they gave up. Parra was a free agent and the Brewers didnt re-sign him. They didnt have much invested since he was a 26th round draft pick in 2001 out of American River Junior College, where was Junior College Player of the Year.And no...