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Brewers claim reliever Cesar Jimenez off waivers from Phillies

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Left-hander Cesar Jimenez, who was designated for assignment by the Phillies, has been claimed off waivers by the Brewers.

Jimenez is a 30-year-old journeyman reliever, so it’s a low-wattage move, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers may be looking to trade setup man Neal Cotts and, if that happens, they could view Jimenez as a southpaw bullpen fill-in.

Jimenez has a 4.15 ERA in 85 career innings as a big leaguer and has also spent parts of 10 seasons (yes, 10 seasons) at Triple-A posting a 3.85 ERA.

Ruben Amaro on Andy Oliver’s decision to elect free agency: “I think it was a very foolish move on his part, but that’s OK.”

Andy Oliver

The Phillies made a pair of selections in this past winter’s Rule 5 draft. They took second baseman Odubel Herrera from the Rangers and converted him to a center fielder, and they took left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver from the Pirates. Oliver was competing for a spot in the Phillies’ bullpen and impressed early, but faltered late. Ultimately, he finished with a 3.55 ERA with a 22/11 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 Grapefruit League innings.

Oliver was put on waivers, the first step in an attempt by the Phillies to fully acquire his rights from the Pirates. If he had passed through, the Phillies could have worked out a trade. Otherwise, Rule 5 picks must stay on the team’s 25-man roster for the duration of the season. After Oliver cleared waivers, the Phillies outrighted Oliver to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but he chose instead to elect free agency.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro still seems a bit salty about Oliver’s decision to leave. Via MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki:

“We offered him a pretty good deal to come back,” Amaro said. “He just decided to go somewhere else. I think it was a very foolish move on his part, but that’s OK. He had a choice. He had that right.”

The Phillies recently designated southpaw Cesar Jimenez for assignment to make room for Sean O’Sullivan. Jimenez is now with Lehigh Valley, but won’t be eligible for a promotion for another week. With Mario Hollands injured and Elvis Araujo in the minors, Jake Diekman is currently the only left-handed pitcher in the Phillies’ bullpen.

The Rays signed Oliver to a minor league contract earlier this week, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reported. Oliver was a former top starting pitching prospect in the Tigers’ system but was converted to a reliever last season with the Pirates at Triple-A Indianapolis.

C.B. Bucknor approves of his ridiculous call

C.B. Bucknor

Our own Bill Baer has the GIF from the seventh inning of Wednesday’s Marlins-Phillies game. Christian Yelich hit a little squibber down the first base line and then this happened:

That’s C.B. Bucknor with the bobblehead impression and blown call. Cesar Jimenez might have touched Yelich with his bare hand, but that hardly matters when the ball is in his glove (which he showed to Bucknor as proof of, well, something).

Plays of the Day: Roger Bernadina makes a pair of nifty grabs in Phillies victory

Roger Bernadina

Roger Bernadina was very supportive of his pitching staff today, making a pair of impressive catches to help keep the Diamondback offense at bay. The athleticism is made all the more impressive considering that this afternoon’s game started just 11 hours after last night’s knock-down, drag-out, 18-inning affair ended.

The first great grab occurred In the third inning. The Phillies were leading 4-2, but the Diamondbacks were trying to mount a two-out rally with a runner on first base. Matt Davidson smoked a Roy Halladay fastball to straightaway center. Bernadina turned his back and tracked the ball just to the side of the 401 foot marker before leaping and snagging the ball before it could touch down beyond the fence.

The second grab came in the seventh. The Phillies had strengthened their lead to 9-2 and the Diamondbacks were running out of time. With the bases empty and one out, Tuffy Gosewich hit a Cesar Jimenez change-up to shallow left-center. Left fielder Darin Ruf, not exactly the most fleet of foot, had no shot at it and it looked as if it was going to be a lucky hit for the catcher. Bernadina laid out and snagged the ball inches above the grass, recording the second out.

On offense, Bernadina finished the day with a hit and two runs batted in.

Bernadina was released by the Nationals on August 19. On the 21st, the Phillies announced they had signed the outfielder to a Major League contract. Though he hasn’t hit much, he has filled the team’s pressing need for a capable center fielder. Since Ben Revere went on the disabled list with a broken ankle, the Phillies have mostly relied on John Mayberry in center, but have also tried Michael Martinez and Casper Wells without much success.

Running down the rosters: Seattle Mariners

Felix Hernandez

The Mariners have finished in last place in the AL West six of the last eight years, and while their is a shining ray of hope on the way in 2013 in the form of the Astros, they’re going to have a tough time not making it seven of nine years this season.

Felix Hernandez – R
Jason Vargas – L
Hisashi Iwakuma – R
Kevin Millwood – R
Hector Noesi – R

Brandon League – R
Shawn Kelley – R
George Sherrill – L
Hong-Chih Kuo – L
Tom Wilhelmsen – R
Shawn Camp – R
Cesar Jimenez – L

SP next in line: Blake Beavan (R), Charlie Furbush (L), Danny Hultzen (L), James Paxton (L)
RP next in line: Aaron Heilman (R), Josh Kinney (R), Chance Ruffin (R), Steve Delabar (R), Lucas Luetge (L)(Rule 5), Oliver Perez (L)

Faith in their ability to develop pitching (and turn reclamation projects into third and fourth starters) led to the Mariners’ trade of Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero. They still have plenty of pitching depth, but the club will likely be without a legitimate No. 2 starter until someone from the Hultzen-Paxton-Taijuan Walker group emerges. In the meantime, the Mariners figure to get solid pitching, but that’s simply not good enough given the state of their offense.

3B Chone Figgins – S
2B Dustin Ackley – L
RF Ichiro Suzuki – L
1B Justin Smoak – S
LF Mike Carp – L
DH Jesus Montero – R
C Miguel Olivo – R
CF Franklin Gutierrez – R
SS Brendan Ryan – R

C John Jaso – L
INF Carlos Guillen – S
INF Munenori Kawasaki – L
OF Casper Wells – R

Next in line: C Adam Moore (R), INF Luis Rodriguez (S), 3B Kyle Seager (L), 3B Alex Liddi (R), 3B-OF Vinnie Catricala (R), OF Trayvon Robinson (S), OF Michael Saunders (L), OF Carlos Peguero (L), OF Darren Ford (R), OF Mike Wilson (R)

That’s not the lineup I would use, but I’m not being consulted. In my mind, Seager’s left-handed bat is exactly what the right-handed-heavy bottom of the order needs. In going with Figgins at third base and in the leadoff spot, all of the lefties and switch-hitters are getting stacked in a row. The Mariners could bat Montero fourth or fifth instead of sixth — flip-flopping him and Smoak makes more sense than the current arrangement — but I don’t know that they’re going to want to put that much pressure on him initially.

While the starting nine appears set, the bench does have some question marks. The Mariners could carry Seager if they think they’d have enough playing time available for him. It’ll probably come down to him and Guillen for one spot and to Kawasaki and Rodriguez for the other. Seager has some experience at shortstop, but the Mariners will likely want to carry a true backup middle infielder. Wells is the heavy favorite to serve as the backup outfielder. He should start over Carp in left field against lefties.

The offense will almost certainly be improved this year, probably by a substantial margin, but there’s just so much ground to make up. The Mariners scored 556 runs last year. The other 13 AL teams averaged 735 runs. Montero’s arrival, full seasons from Ackley and Carp and a rebound from Ichiro will all help, but it’s unlikely to really start coming together for the Mariners before 2013.