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A few things about this trade:
- It’s a lock. Chris Coste will open the season as Carlos Ruiz‘s backup.
- Taschner will be the bullpen’s second left-hander while J.C. Romero serves his 50-game suspension. The other left-hander is Scott Eyre.
- This could pave the way for J.A. Happ to open the season in the rotation and Chan Ho Park to open the season in the bullpen, although Ruben Amaro Jr. stressed that nothing had been decided. There had been some talk that Happ could open the season in the bullpen, if Park had a better spring than him. But both have pitched about the same, so I would be surprised at this point if Happ isn’t this team’s No. 5 starter.
Update: The Giants flipped Paulino to the Marlins for Minor League pitcher Hector Correra.
Chris Coste probably can breathe a little easier because a couple sources have said the Phillies are shopping catcher Ronny Paulino.
Paulino has options, so why not just send him to the Minors? Well, it’s probably because Lou Marson is going to be playing every day in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Paulino has more value than a backup up Triple-A catcher, and they’re not going to send him to Double-A Reading, either. So they will try to find some value for him. I can’t imagine they would land anybody terribly impressive in return, but at the very least perhaps they could add depth in the Minor Leagues.
So much for Wednesday …
Chris Coste checked into today’s game in the top of the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Bright House Field. He caught two innings and went 0 for 1.
Coste said earlier today that he expected to play in a scrimmage at the Carpenter Complex on Wednesday, but why wait? There are 24 more preseason games (22 Grapefruit League games, plus two games against the Tampa Bay Rays in Philadelphia) before the season opener. That should leave Coste plenty of time to secure his backup job behind Carlos Ruiz.
So far Ronny Paulino, who is competing with Coste for that job, is hitting .231 (3 for 13) with a double, home run and two RBIs this spring.
Ruiz is expected to rejoin the team Wednesday. Panama was eliminated in just two games at the World Baseball Classic.
The Phillies have agreed to terms on a split contract with catcher Chris Coste.
A source said Coste will make $460,000 in the majors, and $249,000 in the minors.
Everybody on the 40-man roster has signed other than Carlos Ruiz, Ronny Paulino and Mike Zagurski.