Friday trade rumors are out there which involve Bobby Abreu going to the Orioles for Miguel Tejada who would likely move to third. The O's are looking for the Fightins' to throw in some pitching but the Phillies don't have a whole lot of quality to offer. The most humors part of the Fox article, "For the Phillies, Tejada would represent a major upgrade at third over David Bell.." I don't think there is any way you could possibly express in words what a MAJOR UPGRADE that would be. Fox Sports [via gr]:
The Phillies have proposed an Abreu-for-Tejada exchange with the
intention of playing Tejada at third base. The Orioles want pitching in
addition to Abreu, according to sources with knowledge of the
negotiations, raising the possibility of an expanded deal.
If the Phillies acquired Tejada, they would gain the option of flipping
him for a top-of-the-rotation starter, either in a three-way trade or
separate deal; the Cubs, for example, have shown a willingness to trade
right-hander Mark Prior for Tejada, but not Abreu. However, the Cubs
would want a starting pitcher back for Prior — they've asked the
Orioles for left-hander Erik Bedard - and the Phillies probably lack
the depth to make that type of move.
MLBTradeRumors also has some info on the Cubs going hard after Miguel.
The Phillies' depth at second base has taken a hit.
Jesmuel Valentin, the starter at Triple A Lehigh Valley, is headed for surgery after dislocating his left shoulder. General manager Matt Klentak indicated that it was likely Valentin would miss the remainder of the season.
Valentin, 23, made a good showing in big-league spring training camp and, in fact, was the last position player cut from the 25-man roster. He had been off to a slow start at Lehigh Valley, hitting just .229 with a .573 OPS in his first 29 games.
With Valentin out, the Phillies could promote top second base prospect Scott Kingery from Double A to Triple A. While that is likely to happen at some point, nothing is imminent, Klentak said. The IronPigs will use veteran Pedro Florimon at second for the time being.
Kingery, 23, has been on a tear at Reading. He entered Monday leading the Eastern League in homers (13), extra-base hits (25) and slugging (.651). Overall, he was hitting .289 with a 1.018 OPS.
"Not imminent," Klentak said of a possible promotion for Kingery. "Very possible down the road. We've got more than enough infield coverage (at Triple A) to be fine and Kingery is good where he is."
Kingery, a 2015 draft pick, played just 37 games at the Double A level last season. He entered Monday having played in 37 games there this season.
Kingery on Monday was named the Eastern League player of the week for May 15-21. He went 9 for 30 with five homers, six RBIs, nine runs scored and an .833 OPS.
With all the bat flips going on in Major League Baseball by the likes of Odubel Herrera and Jose Bautista, it's a good bet that kids watching the game are taking notice.
Gloucester Catholic High School's Chris Turco has apparently seen the celebration.
In a game on Sunday, Turco launched the ball high above the wall in left field. However, he may have launched the bat even higher.
Look at this ridiculous bat flip.
According to Kevin Minnick of South Jersey Sports Digest, both of the next hitters were plunked and Turco's team lost.
Despite that, Turco is giving the pros a run for their money in the bat flip department.