Towers says Parra is staying put

Towers says Parra is staying put

Towers says Parra is staying put
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Judging by D-backs GM Kevin Towers' comments Friday night, outfielder Gerardo Parra is not going anywhere and contract-extension talks with pitchers Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson don't appear to be progressing.

A trade involving Parra has been speculated about since the D-backs signed Jason Kubel in December, which bumped Parra to the fourth outfield spot.

The Nationals are the team most frequently linked to Parra, given their need for a center fielder.

"We haven't really had any trade discussion about him," Towers said. "Some people inquired earlier and we kind of shut it down. We're a better team with him, so we plan on keeping him. He's playing very well this spring."

Earlier this spring, Towers expressed an interest in exploring contract extensions with Kennedy and Hudson. At the time, Towers said that if talks did happen, they would take place before Opening Day.

Kennedy will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time after the 2012 season, while Hudson likely will not be eligible until '13.

Judging by what Towers said Friday, if the D-backs had any talks with the pair, they were not fruitful.

"I don't anticipate anything happening with either of them before the start of the season," Towers said.