Two weeks ago, the Phillies were dumping every expendable veteran for low-level prospects. Now, they're acquiring veterans in pursuit of the Wild Card with their latest acquisition of shortstop Jose Hernandez.
The 37-year-old utility man, who made his big-league debut in 1991 with Texas, will fill the role of the extra right-handed bat the Phils were seeking for their bench. Hernandez was hitting .267 with 2 homers and .678 OPS in 132 plate appearances with Pittsburgh. The Phillies are his 9th team, and it does not appear he worked under Pat Gillick at any point in his career.
The Phillies will send cash to the Pirates in exchange for Hernandez. The signing was first reported on Comcast Daily News Live this evening.
Hernandez has had some good power seasons, totaling 167 career homers. Hernandez earned an all-star nod in 2002 with Milwaukee. It was his best season, finishing with a .288 BA with 24 home runs and 78 RBIs.
Better than Danny Sandoval, Hernandez has proven experience and can still play, plus, the Phillies managed to hold onto their prospects. Let's hope what I'm really thinking isn't true ... that Chase Utley is injured. He's out of tonight's lineup with soreness following yesterday's collision.