To complete last week’s Gookie Dawkins trade with the White Sox, the Phils acquired 28-year-old lefty-hitting infielder Mike Rouse, who’s already appeared in three games for the IronPigs.
Last season, Rouse made Cleveland’s opening day roster as a utility man, but went 8-for-67 and was demoted to Buffalo and was later designated for assignment. He signed a minor league contract with Chicago this off-season, but couldn’t break camp. Drafted by the Blue Jays in the 5th round of the 2001 draft, he’s seen Major League action in 49 games with Oakland and Cleveland, hitting just .165/.238/.209. In seven minor league seasons, the bulk of them coming in the Pacific Coast League, he’s a .273/.360/.404 hitter with 40 home runs.
Beerleaguer: I’d rather have Rouse than Dawkins. Actually, Rouse doesn’t look like a bad spare part, kinda like a middle infield variation of Greg Dobbs, whose career could benefit from a move to the National League just as Dobbs' did. There's no room for him in Philly, but he might be the guy to call if something were to happen to Jimmy Rollins or Chase Utley. He's off to a poor start in LV, however, going hitless in his first three games.