Phillies designate Jeanmar Gomez and Michael Saunders for assignment

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Here are a couple of surprising moves: the Philadelphia Phillies have designated righty Jeanmar Gomez and outfielder Michael Saunders for assignment. They gave called up lefty Hoby Milner and outfielder Cameron Perkins to take their places.

Gomez, the team’s closer last season, is making $4.2 million. Saunders, a 2016 All-Star and, somewhat inexplicably, one of the more sought-after bats in a weak free agent market last offseason, was making $9 million. Both have underperformed mightily this year, of course. Gomez lost his closer’s job early this season and has posted a 7.25 ERA over 18 appearances. Saunders was horrible in the second half last season and continued this season apace, hitting .205/.257/.360 over 61 games.

These moves don’t alter the Phillies’ competitive situation all that much but they certainly represent a repudiation of a a big move in the Saunders signing and a rethinking with respect to Gomez and the closer’s role.

The rebuild continues.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.