After the Phillies’ Opening Day loss in Atlanta, my vote would
have gone to Chad Durbin for first player tossed overboard. Durbin stays (for
now), but Ruben Amaro Jr. did make an intriguing move on Tuesday. Rule 5
selection Ender Inciarte has been designated for assignment, and replaced in
the outfield by Ezequiel Carrera who was claimed off waivers.
Even if Inciarte were to clear waivers himself, his Rule 5 status requires
the Phillies to offer him back to his original team
if he’s not on the Major League roster. In this case that would be the Arizona
Diamondbacks, who Jim Salisbury reports would indeed want Inciarte back. The 22 year old had never played above Single-A, and departs Philly
before he could appear in a game for the Fightins.
Meanwhile the Phillies brought in another young player, only
one with big-league experience. Carrera spent parts of the last two seasons
with the Cleveland Indians, showing some promise at that. In 158 plate
appearances in 2012, Carrera posted a .272 batting average while scoring 20
runs, driving in 11, and stroking a pair of bombs. He also stole eight bases on
The Indians had to place Carrera on waivers because he didn’t
make the 25-man roster coming out of the spring and he was out of options.
David Murphy has a nice introduction to the 25 year old, including a quote from
Cleveland manager Terry Francona who said Carrera’s speed “impacts the game.” Overall
it sounds like he could be a nice addition to the roster.
>> Who is Ezequiel Carrera? Introducing the newest
Phillies outfielder… [High Cheese]
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