Last week I referenced the scene in “Major League” where the players come in from spring training practices hoping not to see a red tag hanging in their locker.
One of my least favorite Phillies in recent memory, not because he was a bad guy or he pissed off the fans for some egregious act, but because he stunk up the field and was hogging a roster spot.
That reference was pointed towards utility man Emmanuel Burriss, who’s lowly .121 batting average was as bit a waste of a roster spot as I have ever seen. He made me miss Michael “Mini-Mart” Martinez, who is playing right field for the Indians.
Well with today’s acquisition of Jimmy Paredes from the Toronto Blue Jays, someone got a red tag in their locker today at Citizens Bank Park.
In 27 games Emmanuel Burriss had only four hits and struck out seven times. He had two singles, a double, and a triple during his time with the Phillies. After not playing in the majors for the 2014 season, the Phillies signed Burriss in November to compete for a roster spot. When Asche went down, the team needed a versatile guy along with Andres Blanco.
The poor guy was just a dead duck waiting for that red tag.
The Phillies will have to make another move in the near future as Cody Asche begins to heat up in Triple-A Lehigh Valley during his rehab assignment. The outfielder is recovering from an oblique strain he suffered way back in spring training.
The top candidate would either be outfielder David Lough or Peter Bourjos, but most likely Lough because of Bourjos value with the glove and speed.
When Asche returns, expect to see an Asche, Herrera, Goeddel/Paredes combination for a month or so as we craw to the All-Star break in July.
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