The Baltimore Orioles answered the question most fans have had leading up to the trade deadline of July 31. Would the Orioles make a trade to better their chances of competing for a playoff spot? Or would they pass up on making a trade because the team trailed behind the division lead by too many games?

Baltimore Orioles left fielder Gerardo Parra catches a line drive against the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Baltimore Orioles left fielder Gerardo Parra catches a line drive against the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Baltimore decided to go for the former, trading for two-time Golden Glove-winning left fielder Gerardo Parra, 28, and 25-year-old left

Baltimore Orioles’ Gerardo Parra follows through on a double against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

fielder prospect Junior Lake. The trades, especially Parra’s acquisition, should immediately help the Orioles in the outfield, where they’ve had problems fielding this season. Parra won the Rawlings Golden Glove in 2011 and 2013, an honor awarded to players that have exhibited superior fielding skills. His presence in the left field will serve as an automatic upgrade for Baltimore.

Parra is also a solid batter and could add more strength to the batting lineup. Before being traded, Parra was actually enjoying his best year as a hitter with the Milwaukee Brewers. He’s currently enjoying a career-high .328 batting average, and is also on pace for a career high with 106 hits. His first action with the Orioles was Aug. 1, when he hit a double and scored a run to help Baltimore beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-2.

Baltimore only had to give up minor league right-hander Zach Davies in the trade for Parra. Davies is an intriguing prospect. He’s only 6-feet, 150 pounds, which is small for big league pitchers. But Davies throws a mean change-up pitch, which has served him well as he continued to impress in the minor leagues. Davies could have helped Baltimore’s inconsistent bullpen if he was called up from the minors. Baltimore traded away relief pitcher Tommy Hunter for Junior Lake, so Davies could have been Hunter’s replacement. Instead, he was traded for Parra, a more glaring need for the Orioles right now.

Only time will tell if the trade actually helped Baltimore land a playoff seed. With a 53-50 record as of Aug. 2, the Orioles trail the American League East division lead by five games. It’ll be tough to catch up to the division-leading New York Yankees for the division title, but Baltimore only trails in the wildcard race by one game.

Parra could be the X-factor in taking that wildcard seed. Orioles’ fans are surely hoping so.