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Parra tuning out trade rumors

Parra tuning out trade rumors

CINCINNATI -- D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra has seen the rumors that he could be dealt before Thursday's 1 p.m. MT Trade Deadline, but he is trying to keep his focus on the field.

"I try not to think anything about it because I'm happy being here," Parra said. "I'm happy being with the Diamondbacks. But that's baseball. Today you play and tomorrow you could play for another team. But I don't want to think about it and put pressure on myself. I'm going to play hard today and play to win."

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Parra's offensive production has dipped this year and advanced defensive metrics suggest that his defense has not been at the Gold Glove level it has been at, but he has picked up the pace recently at the plate.

"I feel good now," he said. "I feel good in the second half. I want to try to finish strong."

Parra is making $4.85 million this year and will get an increase this offseason in his final year of arbitration.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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