Searching for any semblance of competency in center field, the Phillies have signed outfielder Roger Bernadina, a recent cast-off of Washington.
Bernadina, 29, was released Monday. He hit just .178 with a .517 OPS in 85 games for the Nationals. He started just 29 games, three of which were in center. He is known as a very capable defender and could spend the majority of the final five weeks as the Phillies starter in center.
He hits lefthanded and made $1.21 million with Washington this season in his first year of arbitration. The Phillies, thus, hold his rights for 2014. Their centerfield play from John Mayberry Jr., Casper Wells and Michael Martinez has lacked decency ever since Ben Revere succumbed to a fractured ankle.
Martinez was optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley to clear space for Bernadina, who will join the team Wednesday.
Bernadina was contacted by 12 different teams upon his release, according to The Washington Post. He picked the Phillies because of his familiarity with Citizens Bank Park, where he is a .309 career hitter in 22 games.
He should have every opportunity to play his way into a bench role for 2014. Bernadina's best season was in 2012 when he hit .291/.372/.405 in 261 plate appearances.
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