Carrera In, Inciarte Out

Ezequiel CarreraThe Phillies believe they have found a more suitable fifth outfielder than Rule 5 Draft pick Ender Inciarte.

Today they claimed outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off waivers. He hit .272 with six doubles, three triples, two home runs, 11 RBIs, eight stolen bases and a .707 OPS in 158 plate appearances last season with the Indians. The Phillies designated Inciarte for assignment to make room for Carrera on the 40-man roster.

Carrera, 25, is expected to be with the Phillies in time for Wednesday’s game against the Braves at Turner Field.

“He’s got a little more experience,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “Offensively, he’s a little more advanced than Inciarte right now. Inciarte may have been a little better all-around defender, although we think Ezequiel’s got more speed. But his versatility and speed were important to us. Again, this is the 25th man, but we think we’ve marginally improved.”

The Phillies selected Inciarte in the Rule 5 Draft from the Diamondbacks. He impressed with his glove and speed early in Spring Training, although a couple errors late last month convinced the Phillies they needed more seasoned help in the outfield, especially considering Inciarte had never played above Class A in the Minor Leagues.

Because Inciarte, who did not play in Monday’s season opener, is a Rule 5 pick, the Phillies were required to keep him on the 25-man roster the entire season or risk losing him. If a team claims Inciarte off waivers they also must keep him on the 25-man roster the entire season. But if he clears waivers, the Diamondbacks have the option of bringing him back, although they would have to pay the Phillies $25,000, half of what the Phillies paid to select him in the draft.

“We didn’t like the idea of having to lose Inciarte as a result of this,” Amaro said. “But this is part of the game.”

The Diamondbacks are expected to reclaim Inciarte, although Amaro said they will try to work out a trade.

Indians manager Terry Francona said during Spring Training they knew they would lose Carrerra, who can play all three outfield positions, if they placed him on waivers.

“His speed impacts the game,” he said last month. “He’s got the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark occasionally. He can be an interesting part of the bench, when he can change a game with his speed. He’s a good little player.”

8 Comments

That was fast.

Same guy, with a lot more experience.and a little more pop. Still just a 25th man.

But the Phillies need to catch it on the fringes this year if they are going to catch it at all.

Sneaky little pickup by the Phils. I liked this guy in the limited time I saw him. Tremendous speed and defense, and Growing into a little bit of pop. Not a bad guy to have as a 5th outfielder. He stays when Mayberry, mercifully, gets sent down.

Good move. Hope we can still keep Inciarte.

now that they got rid inciarte, for carrera, they should make another move and get rid of nix and bring ruf back up.

No, Ruin will just wait to compound his endless screw ups when Delmon Young returns.

they should bring ruf back up if for no other reason but to play first base against righted handed pitching. howard proved last season that he cannot handle lefties as he did last night. his .172 batting average against left handed pitching last year is proof enough that he should be benched and only face right handers. also, if anybody thinks that brown is better on defense in left field than ruf after watching him last nights game is on crack

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