Gabe Kapler and Nomar Garciaparra are on the Phillies’ radar, according to a Ken Rosenthal source.
Beereleaguer: Either one would give the Phils a well-rounded bench. How much more could they possibly want/need considering the resources they have left to tinker with before arbitration? Kapler makes sense. Nomar makes sense. It would be a great bench.
The report suggests a couple of things: First, one of the left-handed bats, either Geoff Jenkins or Matt Stairs, does not fit into their plans. All along, I’ve pictured Stairs getting dealt back to the AL during spring training. Second, Chris Coste has even more reason to worry. Believe it or not, I think the non-roster invite of catch-and-throw veteran Paul Hoover, along with the acquisition of Ronny Paulino, who’s set to improve, hurts Coste, because all the Phils really need from their third catcher is someone to tutor Lou Marson in Allentown. If Kapler or Nomar sign, Coste has almost no shot of sticking around just to pinch hit, and if they can get value in a trade, then Ruben Amaro Jr. will have played the catching situation well. Third, I think these guys, Nomar in particular, could push some players to perform better.