While some were wondering if wantaway center-back Tim Parker would be playing Sunday against Montreal Impact but the Caps confirmed Friday afternoon they had dealt the 25-year-old to New York Red Bulls for midfielder Felipe and a bevy of TAM to help buy down the midfielder’s contract
Journalists Kristen Dyer and Sam Stejskal both initially reported that Parker, who allegedly declined a new contract earlier this offseason, would be heading to the Big Apple.
Adding to the chorus: Multiple people have told me the RBNY-Vancouver swap is likely. Tim Parker to NY, Felipe and TAM to Vancouver. New deal for Parker with the Red Bulls if the trade is completed. Haven't heard any numbers on the TAM being exchanged. @KristianRDyer was first.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) March 2, 2018
Full details of the Red Bulls-Vancouver trade, per source:— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) March 2, 2018
-Vancouver receive Felipe, $225,000 in 2018 TAM, $275,000 in 2019 TAM and a 2018 international spot
-New York receive Tim Parker
The club confirmed later in the afternoon that the deal was official. In the deal, the Red Bulls send midfielder Felipe Martins, $225,000 in 2018 TAM, $275,000 in TAM for the 2019 season and a 2018 international spot to Vancouver. Reports have signaled that Parker will likely sign a new long-term deal when he arrives in New York, although it is unclear if NYRB will make him a Designated Player (they have on slot available after dealing Sacha Kljestan to Orlando City SC).
Given that the Caps reportedly slapped a valuation on Parker of roughly $750,000 in TAM, the amount Columbus Crew got for midfielder Justin Meram, this means the Caps value Felipe at roughly $250,000 TAM. Given that Vancouver are looking for some more creative players, a role Felipe proved he could fulfill in New York, the move makes some sense and it provides that some funny money that can be used to bring in another attacking player, either now or in the summer transfer window.
The bottom line is dealing Parker was inevitable. To get $500,000 in TAM, plus a decent player who should crack the starting XI for the Caps, is a decent haul for a player who lacks the track record of some of the other players involved in big money deals this offseason. My only worry is in the short term, what with Doneil Henry reportedly set to miss upwards of a month to start the season. This means the Caps will be leaning on some combination of Jose Aja and Aaron Maund, who are long on MLS experience but lack the raw talent of Parker. In addition, those two centerbacks have a combined two appearances for the Caps and frankly lack the chemistry Waston and Parker built up over the past several seasons. But while Parker will be missed in the short-term, this was a smart move for a player who was going to be prohibitively expensive to keep around long term anyway.