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Phils Interested in Roger Bernadina

According to CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury, the Phillies are interested in signing recently released former Washington Nationals outfielder Roger Bernadina. Bernadina, 29, had a career year last year, hitting .291/.372/.405 in 261 PA for the Nats with five homers and 15 steals but stumbled out of the gate in 2013 and never really got going. Bernadina’s .178/.247/.270 line in 2013 are career lows as is his .233 weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) while his 26.3% K rate is a career high.

Bernandina is a lefty but does not have particularly strong platoon splits for his career, hitting righties at just a .244/.313/.367 clip. Berandina would provide versatility as a back-up outfielder and has been of a net-positive value in left and right field for the Nationals in the defensive metric Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR).

Analysis: Signing “The Shark” would be like signing a left-handed version of Casper Wells. Bernadina makes the plays in left and right and can fake it in center while Wells plays a touch better defense and has more potential to run into a fastball every once in a while. Bernadina has two years of arbitration eligibility remaining so adding him this year could have some value but I would much rather see a player like Leandro Castro added to the 40-man roster for September or Tyson Gillies have a cup of coffee with his improved swing that has led him to a .314/.364/.451 line in August.

His nickname, however, has lead to one of the most unique stadium give-a-ways of all time and some interesting memes.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Mike in NJ

    August 20, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Yes by all means let’s sign another sub .200 hitting bench player instead of giving a kid in the minors a shot! Would this mean DFA’ing Martinez at least?

  2. Chuck A.

    August 20, 2013 at 8:32 am

    When does the public revolt begin in earnest in front of Ruben’s office door??? I’m almost willing to get arrested at this point. Good Lord..

    • Carlos Danger

      August 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      The public revolt is directly translated into declining attendance and television ratings – both of which obviously will erode revenue streams. As far as how long ownership will stick with Amaro, I’d say at least one, possibly two more seasons. They’ve been known to be patient – especially with front office personnel.

  3. Hogey's Role

    August 20, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I agree on bringing up Castro or Gillies, I’ve been saying that for months… this team isn’t gonna win anything, and I rather they not win anything this year to secure a top ten draft pick… so why not call a guy up and see what he can do if given an opportunity? It doesn’t hurt anything

  4. Manny

    August 20, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Classic RAJ…

  5. schmenkman

    August 20, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I’d be ok with bringing up Gillies or Castro now, rather than 12 days from now, but both have been over-matched in AAA: Castro .658 OPS, Gillies .615.

  6. Phillies fan from Germany

    August 20, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Serious question to all you guys from the US: I know from the major professional sports leagues (mainly the soccer Bundesliga) in Germany that a GM in a major market with the 3rd highest payroll and one of the worst records in the league (following a .500 season) would be under nonstop fire from the media and would have been fired in all likelihood already.

    What is the media situation in Philly like? I mean, RAJ’s incompetence is really visible to the dumbest journalist, so what is going on in this regard?

  7. Bart Shart

    August 20, 2013 at 10:14 am

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMARO!!! Does he think the Phils’ fans are stupid. We DO NOT NEED another utility outfielder. Give a minor leaguer a chance. This GM needs to go. He has completely lost his direction and common sense.

    • schmenkman

      August 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Bart, I don’t really get the interest in Bernadina either, but how does one interpret it to mean that Amaro thinks Phils’ fans are stupid?

  8. Bart Shart

    August 20, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Hey Rubin, we already have Dingleberry and Wells!!!! wHAT ARE YOU THINKING?

  9. Lefty

    August 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Oddly enough, Bernadina’s replacement on the Nats, David DeJesus, was almost immediately put on waivers too. I wonder if the Nats were just trying to block someone and got stuck with DeJesus, or maybe they expected the Cubs to pull him back? It’s weird.

  10. Ken Bland

    August 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Now Dice K, I’m reasonably HIGHLY on board with. Dontrelle was a joke, Dice K’s worth a look on a minor league deal, and I doubt there’s much of a line for his services. Rube kinda opens scabs quickly with his recycled vets (Nix, Del as examples). Not a lock by any stretch that Dice K has much left in the tank, but a minor league deal for the powwibility, I’d be open minded to. MAYBE a better shot than trying to resurrect Joel Pinero.

    Dice, by request, released today.

  11. hk

    August 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I’m going to play devil’s advocate here and say I’d be okay with Bernardina as a bench player. By most accounts, he’s an above average fielder and a very good base-runner while being a below average hitter for his career. If he’s signed to be a PH, late inning defensive replacement, pinch-runner and infrequent starter for < $1.5M, he could be a helpful (read: better than bench players from this year and last) role player.

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