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Landing Spots for Former Phils

Quite a number of former Phils were involved in transactions this week. Here’s a snapshot of where some of these former Phils went or are going. Most notes courtesy of Matt Eddy at Baseball America.

– RHP Tyler Cloyd was designated for assignment yesterday by the Cleveland Indians. Cloyd, 26, had a 6.56 ERA in 60 1/3 innings pitched for the Phillies in 2013. If Cloyd clears waivers, he would join fellow former Phil Mike Zagurski, signed three days ago to a minor league deal, in Cleveland’s minor league ranks.

Ender Inciarte, a Phillie for Opening Day 2013 only, was added to the Arizona Diamondbacks 40-man roster. Inciarte, 23 for Opening Day 2014, hit .281/.327/.362 with a career-high five homers and a career-high 84.31% stolen base success (43 steals in 51 attempts) for Double-A Mobile as a 22-year old.

– Outfielder Casper Wells signed a minor league deal with the Cubs. Wells, 29, hit .126/.186/.147 across stops with five teams last season with no homers. Wells hit .042/.115/.083 with the Phillies before sitting out the rest of the year recovering from eye surgery.

– Catcher Ronny Paulino never played with the Phillies in a regular season game but did spend almost the entire 2009 Spring Training with the club. Paulino was traded to San Francisco on March 27, 2009 for reliever Jack Taschner. Paulino, now 32, signed with Detroit.

– Outfielder Domingo Santana, 21, was added to the Houston Astros 40-man roster. Santana was the player to be named later in the trade that sent Hunter Pence to the Phillies in 2011. Santana hit 25 homers in Double-A Corpus Christi with 12 steals in his age 20 season supporting a .252/.345/.498. Santana did struggle to avoid the strikeout, though, striking out 29% of the time in 2013.

– RHP Juan Sosa, 24, was signed by the Miami Marlins to a minor league deal. Sosa began his journey with the Phillies organization in 2007 as a seventeen year old but stalled out in Double-A Reading in 2013 (5.58 ERA, 1.676 WHIP).

– RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, 23, was added to the Texas Rangers’ 40-man roster after dominating the Texas League (AA) with a 0.30 ERA and a 0.824 WHIP. Bonilla struggled when promoted to Triple-A (7.95 ERA, 1.767 WHIP) in 2013 but the reliever dealt to Texas as part of the trade that brought Michael Young to Philly averaged nearly a strikeout and a half per inning pitched across the two levels last season.

– Catcher Steven Lerud was signed to a minor-league deal by the Atlanta Braves. Lerud, 29, appeared in nine games over the last two seasons for the Phillies and is a career .221/.314/.350 hitter in the Minor Leagues.

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