Phils Claim Carrera, Designate Inciarte Phillies announced that they have claimed center fielder Ezequiel Carrera from the Cleveland Indians and have designated center fielder Ender Inciarte for assignment in a related move. Carrera, 25, has a .255/.306/.347 career line in 384 career MLB plate appearances and is known for speed and base running. This is Carrera’s fourth major league organization in eight years in professional baseball after signing with the Mets as an 18 year old in 2005 out of Venezuela.

Carrera’s career lines, thus far, have likely been about the best case scenario of what the Phillies were expecting to get from Inciarte. Carrera has 187 steals in eight minor league seasons with a 73.91% success rate and is expected to be a late-inning defensive and/or base-running replacement.

CSN’s Jim Salisbury believes the Diamondbacks will re-claim Inciarte if no other team claims him off of waivers in between.




  1. Bart Shart

    April 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    From what I read, Carrera is basically a player with a very similar skill set, but with major league experience. Probably a career utility outfielder/baserunner with some skills. Not a bad move for the Phils.

  2. bacardipr

    April 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    It seems that way Bart. Looks like the 2 players are similar just this kid is a little bit more experienced.

  3. George

    April 3, 2013 at 12:00 am

    The big difference I can see between these two players is that Carrera can be on that two-way shuttle between Philadelpia and Lehigh Valley, whereas Inciarte can’t without risk of being sidetracked to another team.

    • schmenkman

      April 3, 2013 at 12:09 am

      Actually, I understand that Carrera is out of options so either he stays on the 25 man or has to go through waivers.

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