Phillies claim Michael Garciaparra

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In continuing the Phillies tradition of always acquiring the less talented brother in a baseball family, the Phillies added Michael Garciaparra off waivers from Seattle. Garciaparra has been placed on the Reading roster, and will likely be the team’s everyday second baseman. Originally a supplemental 1st round pick in 2001, Michael has never developed any kind of power, but has a good batting eye (31 BB to 47 K last year) and makes contact, as he hit .331 in 593 AB at A+/AA/AAA from 2005 to 2006. The problem is, he only had 39 XBH over that span, so he possesses no real power to speak of. However, if he plays well this year, he could be a nice option to back up the middle of the infield next year. A nice move that costs relatively little and has no real downside.

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