Well, it did! The Phillies announced today that they have signed speedy outfielder Roger Bernadina after he cleared waivers. He was released by the Nationals earlier this week after they acquired OF David DeJesus. To make room for Bernadina on the 25 man roster, the Phillies optioned Michael Martinez back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. But we all know Martinez will find a way back... somehow.
Bernadina, 29, is batting .178/.247/.270 with two home runs and six RBIs in 85 games this season. In 468 games over six seasons with the Nationals, the speedy outfielder hit .243/.310/.360 with 25 home runs and 107 RBIs to go along with 56 steals.
Bernadina can be used as a defensive replacement or a pinch-runner. The man can absolutely fly. Plus, in 46 career games (23 starts) against the Phillies, Bernadina is batting .283/.360/.434 with two home runs, 13 RBIs and and six steals without being caught. He clearly liked Phillies pitching so maybe the Phillies are doing this to also keep him away from other teams.
At the end of the day, is this really a move that excites you? Or, on the flip side, is this really a move to get mad over? The answer to both of those questions should be "no."
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