Phillies Still Attempting to Employ New Players
Apr 23, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Roger Bernadina (33) reacts after striking out in the sixth inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
In an effort to make up for letting Nate Schierholtz go, the Phillies continue to scramble to find the next fourth outfielder who can contribute like a starter.
It is not Casper Wells. Next on the list is Roger Bernadina.
The cold, unmoving front office of the Washington Nationals recently dug David DeJesus out of the bowels of the Chicago Cubs, crushing his young son’s feelings in the process. I get it, kid. At least in Chicago the misery isn’t diluted by disappointment and a misguided sense of righteousness.
In bringing on DeJesus, the Nats let go of former fan favorite Roger Bernadina, who was recently a bobblehead giveaway for their double A team in Harrisburg. Which may be the driving motivation behind the Phillies’ interest in him; on his inevitable bobblehead night they’ll just have a bunch of interns paint over the Senators uniform.
The 29-year-old six-year vet of the Washington organization can play center field, making him instantly interesting to the Phillies, who have such little qualifications for outfield depth that they’re looking to sign Rober Bernadina in the wake of a Casper Wells signing. I’m not sure how many .243 career BA and sub-.700 OPS the Phillies want to cram into that outfield formula, but it appears that crappiness is no object.
Meanwhile, there’s Ben Revere, wondering how much speed he’d lose by sawing off his own foot.