Phillies claim Indians Carrera off waivers
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Posted Apr 2, 2013

The Phillies have been paying particular attention to the waiver wire over the past few days, searching for an outfielder. They finally found one to their liking and have claimed Ezequiel Carrera off waivers from Cleveland.

Even though the Phillies kept Rule 5 pick Ender Inciarte on the roster for opening day, you had to figure his days in Philadelphia were somewhat numbered. Those numbers finally ran out when the Phillies claimed Ezequiel Carrera off waivers from Cleveland and designated Inciarte for assignment on Tuesday.

The Phillies have been looking for an additional outfielder with at least some major league experience and also wanted to find another left-handed bat to the bench. Carrera meets that requirement, with 384 major league plate appearances to his credit.

Indians manager - and former Phillies manager - Terry Francona referred to Carrera as having "game changing speed." Carrera has stolen 18 bases in 24 attempts in the majors and stole as many as 35 stolen bases, while being thrown out just four times, in 2011 with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.

If Inciarte is claimed by another team, they will have to keep him on their major league roster all season, because of his status as a Rule 5 player. If he goes unclaimed, the Phillies will have to offer him back to the Arizona Diamondbacks. It's possible that Arizona will pass on taking him back or that the two teams could work out a trade if the Phillies are interested in keeping him in their organization.

Ezequiel Carrera's career stats

2011 Cleveland 68 202 27 49 8 3 0 14 10 5 16 35 .243 .301 .312
2012 Cleveland 48 147 20 40 6 3 2 11 8 1 8 35 .272 .312 .395
2 Yrs 116 349 47 89 14 6 2 25 18 6 24 70 .255 .306 .347
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 4/2/2013.

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