After the Nationals were able to swing a July waiver-trade that landed them veteran outfielder David DeJesus, they released six-year MLB veteran Roger Bernadina.
This is relevant news to the Phillies because according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies may be interested in bringing in Bernadina.
Bernadina was released by the Washington Nationals on Monday. According to a baseball source, the Phils do have some interest in signing the 29-year-old outfielder.
I guess it isn’t like the Phillies don’t need outfield help, especially since it doesn’t appear Ben Revere is going to come back this season.
But Bernadina has never impressed me when the Phillies have played the Nationals. And when Salisbury gave his career stats, it pretty much confirmed what my indications of seeing Bernadina where.
Bernadina has spent parts of six seasons with the Nats, hitting .243 with a .310 on-base percentage in 468 games. He can play all three outfield positions, which is attractive to the Phillies who are always on the lookout for centerfield depth.
So that’s really what the Phillies need. An out-fielder that has a career .243 average, and by the way is hitting .185 this season. Hell, I’d rather bring back Delmon Young. Okay maybe not, but how would Bernadina be an upgrade over Casper Wells, John Mayberry, or Darin Ruf?
The Phillies are allowing a losing culture to creep in because they continue to bring in guys that don’t belong in the MLB. Bernadina would be adding to that culture because he is a fringe MLB player at best.’
Update August 21st 2:24 : According to Matt Gelb, the Phillies have signed Bernadina.
Phillies signed OF Roger Bernadina.
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) August 21, 2013