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Gerardo Parra is officially a Rockie, and that means Kyle Parker is not

Kyle Parker has been freed .... sort of.

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Rockies to part ways with Kyle Parker - Thomas Harding /

We finally learned the corresponding move to the Gerardo Parra signing, and it's a bit underwhelming. With 40 men already on the roster, somebody had to be removed in order to make room for the newly signed Parra once the deal was officially announced. It seemed reasonable last week that this move would come in the form of a trade we've been waiting for all off season, but it instead comes at the expense of Parker.

Nobody should have expected much from Parker at this point in his career, but it's an odd way for his off season to play out -- surviving all the fall roster cuts and then getting squeezed out in a move like this in January.

Combined with the news of Wilin Rosario signing overseas yesterday, it's been a sad couple of day for guys who both  appeared in the top five of the PuRPs voting in the 2011 and 2012 time period.

Gerardo Parra officially joins Rockies; GM deflects outfield trade talk - Patrick Saunders / Denver Post

There are some quotes from Jeff Bridich here following the Parra signing, but most of it is just GM speak. I'm much more interesting in was Bridich does this winter than what he says, and so far when it comes to trading people that could make the Rockies better in 2017 and beyond, there has been a whole bunch of nothing. We'll give them a few more weeks to make something happen on that front, but if the Rockies go into spring training with a roster looking close to the way it is right now, this fan base should -- to put it as nicely as possible -- not be pleased.

Ten most intriguing players in NL West: Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto top list - David Schoenfield / ESPN

Only one Rockie makes the list (Carlos Gonzalez), and it's a mere two short sentences about if he's going to get traded or not.