Kevin Correia

Phillies add right-hander Kevin Correia on MLB contract


Veteran right-hander Kevin Correia, who opted out of a minor-league deal with the Giants last week, has signed a major-league deal with the Phillies.

He’ll join the team in Cincinnati in time for tonight’s game, so clearly it was a good decision by Correia and gets him from Triple-A back to the majors.

How long he’ll stay there is unclear, because Correia is 34 years old with a 4.59 career ERA and hasn’t posted an ERA under 4.00 since 2009. Last season he had a 5.44 ERA and 79/40 K/BB ratio in 154 innings for the Twins and Dodgers and his numbers at Triple-A for the Giants this season were underwhelming.

Astros plan to remove Tal’s Hill from outfield, move fences in for 2016 as part of $15 million renovation

Tal's Hill

Brian McTaggart of reports that the Astros are planning a $15 million renovation to Minute Maid Park for 2016 that includes removing Tal’s Hill from the outfield and moving in the center field fence from 436 feet to 409 feet.

Astros owner Jim Crane indicated that the team wanted to use the extra space in center field to add concession stands and spots where fans can watch the game from the concourse.

Tal’s Hill, some people love it, some people hate it. We just thought it would be a better ballpark by moving that in. It will still be a very deep center field. There’s always been concern with the flag poles in play and danger in that and also the injuries going up the Hill, so we think this would be better for the players, utilize the space better and be a very pretty ballpark.

I’m generally in favor of ballparks having quirks, but a literal hill in center field always seemed to take that a bit too far and it created a lot more potential for weird plays and injuries than any sort of beautification or character.

Grady Sizemore released by the Phillies

Grady Sizemore

No teams were interested in trading for Grady Sizemore or even claiming his remaining contract off waivers, so the Phillies released the veteran outfielder after designating him for assignment.

Sizemore signed with the Phillies in the middle of last season after being released by the Red Sox and then re-signed for this year at $2 million, but he hit just .250 with three homers and a .657 OPS in 99 total games for Philadelphia.

Once among the best all-around players in baseball, Sizemore’s career was wrecked by injuries and he hasn’t posted an OPS above .750 since 2009. It’s sad that he’s now healthy enough to play regularly but no longer good enough to really help a team much doing so despite being only 32 years old.

Phillies designate for assignment Grady Sizemore

Grady Sizemore

To make room for Cody Asche’s return to the roster and the outfield the Phillies have designated for assignment Grady Sizemore.

There was some speculation that Philadelphia would trade Ben Revere and that may still happen, but in the meantime they cut bait on the 32-year-old former All-Star who’s struggled to re-establish himself as a useful regular since injuries derailed his career.

Sizemore hit just .250 with three homers and a .657 OPS in 99 games for the Phillies since they acquired him in the middle of last season and he hasn’t topped a .725 OPS in a season since 2009.

Cody Asche is back with the Phillies, as a left fielder

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Satisfied with Cody Asche’s transition from third baseman to left fielder the Phillies have recalled him from Triple-A.

Asche spent about three weeks in the minors, hitting .295 with one homer and a .752 OPS in 15 games while learning a new position. In his absence prospect Maikel Franco took over as the Phillies’ starting third baseman and he’ll remain there while Asche moves to the outfield.

Asche’s return likely means less playing time for Ben Revere, who had been starting in left field every day after ceding center field to Rule 5 pick Odubel Herrera. Revere could also play right field, where Grady Sizemore has been very unproductive, but several reports recently have said the Phillies are shopping Revere anyway.

As for Asche, the offensive bar is even higher in left field than it was at third base and so far he’s hit just .247 with 17 homers and a .686 OPS in 201 games for the Phillies. Moving to a new position was important because it opened up a spot for Franco, but Asche also needs to start hitting to remain in the team’s long-term plans.