The Roger Bernadina era has begun for the Philadelphia Phillies and no one in the city is excited.
For that, you cannot blame the Philadelphia fans. In an offseason that had them salivating over the possibility of adding outfield free agents like Josh Hamilton and Michael Cuddyer, the outfield suspects this year have included Michael Martinez and Casper Wells.
Now add Bernadina, hitting a lusty .178 so far this season. Phils’ GM Ruben Amaro Jr. must believe in the philosophy of buying low and selling high. Well, make that buying low in Martinez’s case and letting go lower.
Martinez, recently optioned back to Lehigh Valley (Pa.), was a career .186 major-league hitter. There is no truth to the rumor that the Iron Pigs didn’t want him back, even though he was 4-for-27 in his last stint with the Triple-A team and was a .236 career minor-league hitter. Suffice it to say that Phillies fans are glad he’s gone.
Wells was signed by the Phils after batting .155 this season for the Chicago White Sox. On a team that produces runs on a better clip than only five other teams in baseball, that’s not quite what the fans were looking for.
There was no welcoming party for Bernadina, who needed only to hop on the train to get to Philadelphia from the Washington Nationals. Bernadina was released from the Nationals to make room for David DeJesus, who the Nationals promptly put on waivers again.
Maybe the Nationals just needed a reason to get rid of Bernadina. Now he’s the Phillies’ problem, joining a long list of them in this unlucky season of ’13.