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Nationals castoff Roger Bernadina signs with Phillies

Aug 21, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

Roger Bernadina AP

This would have been a lot more fun before the Nationals-Phillies rivalry involved a pair of sub-.500 teams, but Roger Bernadina has signed with Philadelphia after being released by Washington.

Bernadina lost his spot on the Nationals’ bench following the trade for David DeJesus, but before struggling this season he’s generally been a decent fourth outfielder who can play all three outfield spots and be semi-useful offensively.

This year Bernadina hit just .178, but from 2010-2012 he batted .256 with a .703 OPS in 1,059 plate appearances. And if the Phillies like how he plays down the stretch he’ll be under team control via arbitration for next season.

  1. commonsenseisnotcmonman - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Yup. That sounds about right. GG RAJ

  2. coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    “This year Bernadina hit just .178, but from 2010-2012 he batted .256 with a .703 OPS”

    Bet the Phillies fans dripped cheese-steak crap all over themselves when they read this. Had they known this blockbuster move was coming, they could have saved millions on the Michael Young disaster. Bernadina can’t possibly hit into as many double plays, and can play 3rd just as well as Young, even if he has never played infield one game in his life

    • voteforno6 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      He’s left-handed, so I doubt they’ll put him at third.

  3. chadjones27 - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    It’s OK, Charlie will show him how to hit… oh wait…

  4. toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Yes! The RAJ “Throw shit to a wall and see what sticks” plan continues!

  5. paperlions - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Muscles = HRs

    Dude is RIPPED: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Oov06cvSCoo/TVwKsV4Uu4I/AAAAAAAABhA/hXQShfJXj6I/s400/Bernadina216.jpg

    Obviously, HRs are on the way.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Well John McDonald DID hit his first HR of the year upon wearing the Phillies uniform. I know a few folks around HBT have a man crush on Bernadina, so there’s that. I guess. Maybe. Not sure.

      • paperlions - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        He is a very attractive man.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        If your team can’t play good baseball then at least LOOK good doing it.

      • cur68 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        Roger Bernadina. Mmmmm. My Man Crush. If I looked like that guy I’d never put on a shirt.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        It goes to show, you need more than just muscle to hit! (But yeah if I looked like him I’d also toss out all my t-shirts).

      • historiophiliac - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        Why no beefcake photo with this one?

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        Historio, paper already provided the Bernadina Beefcake Photo.

  6. Francisco (FC) - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Once upon a time, it used to be the Nationals signing Phillies castoffs…

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Not entirely – see Michael Martinez Rule 5 move. Not to mention Brian Schneider, though he was a Met in between

  7. hasbeen5 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    I kept waiting for him to have better numbers, just seemed like somebody that should.

  8. natstowngreg - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Best wishes to the Shark. Too bad it didn’t work out here, but he had chances.

    He hit .291/.372/.405/.777 last season, in 261 plate appearances. That might, sadly, turn out to be his career year. However, the potential still exists. A team didn’t have to pay a great deal to check him out, as a possible bench piece next season.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      You know it occurs to me, that (at least at the MLB level) scouting for good baseball players is a lot like relationships: Pay more attention to actualities and less about the potentials.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        Indeed, but potential is so tempting. If a guy shows just a glimmer of his potential, some GM will give him a chance, then another, then another, and so on. Usually, it doesn’t cost the team much, and could result in a useful spare part.

        In fairness, every GM does this sort of thing, not just Amaro. [There, I've been fair to Amaro twice in one day. I feel unclean.]

  9. mungman69 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Now the Nats and Phils will make the playoffs.

  10. dcfan4life - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    One of the last players drafted by the Expos and been a Nat since day 1 now gone to the rival Phillies. He worked hard and defense was always there, his bat is just mediocre at best. Wish him luck.

    • jwbiii - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      Or signed as free agent four years before they moved to Washington.

      • bigbenh8tr - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:52 PM

        Are you trying to disagree w a post that already acknowledged he was an Expo before the TEAM moved to DC and became the nationals? Learn the history of baseball and don’t be pompous

  11. bigbenh8tr - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Sorry you meant free agent, read to fast, thought you were getting smart. Didn’t know he wasn’t drafted.

    • jwbiii - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:26 AM

      No problem. Its just that Bernadina wasn’t drafted, didn’t get close to Montreal – he was a Sally League Savannah Sand Gnat* from 2003-05 – and the Expos drafted 150 players after he was signed. Unfortunately, the best of the lot was Chad Cordero. This was likely due to the tightwad tendencies of Jeff Loria and MLB.

      *Best minor league team name: Savannah Sand Gnats or Longview Cannibals?
      http://bill37mccurdy.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/longview.jpg
      Unfortunately, the logo is too small.

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