Phillies trade Paulino to Giants for Jack Taschner

Associated Press:

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired reliever Jack Taschner from the San Francisco Giants on Friday for catcher Ronny Paulino.

Taschner was 3-2 with a 4.88 ERA in 67 games last season. He gives the Phillies another left-hander in the bullpen to go with Scott Eyre. J.C. Romero was suspended the first 50 games for using a banned substance.

An initial glance at Taschner’s career statistics doesn’t give you any reason to get excited, and a look at his splits reveal no noticeable difference against left- and right-handed hitters.

Against Taschner over his career, lefties have a .345 BABIP as opposed to the .288 BABIP of right-handed hitters. Factor in that he is moving from a very spacious ballpark to a smaller park, and that he will have baseball’s best defense behind him, and that BABIP should regress quite a bit.

The Phillies definitely accomplished their goal of acquiring a lefty to take Romero’s place for the first 50 games of the regular season, and it didn’t cost them anything but an expendable catcher. It may have been wiser to simply sign free agent Will Ohman (who still doesn’t have a home) but GM Ruben Amaro repeatedly said that they didn’t have the funds available to do so.

UPDATE: The Giants turned right around and traded Paulino to the Florida Marlins. Per the San Francisco Chronicle:

[...] the Giants traded just-acquired catcher Ronny Paulino to the Florida Marlins for 21-year-old right-hander Hector Correa, Florida’s fourth-round draft choice in 2006.

Paulino must be having a lot of fun over the past few months. Pittsburgh to Philly to San Fran back to the East coast to Florida.

Phillies Sign Domingo Santana

Philly.com:

The Phils’ international scouting department signed 16-year-old Domingo Santana from the Dominican Republic. Santana, a 6-foot-5 outfielder with a strong throwing arm, received a $300,000 signing bonus. He had also been pursued by the Yankees.

A 6’5″ 16-year-old from the D.R.

Color me surprised, yet skeptical. Cross your fingers and hope he didn’t lie about his age, like everyone else seems to do.

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BDD: L.A. Dodgers 2009 Preview

At Baseball Daily Digest, you may find a preview of the Manny Ramirezes — err, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

PECOTA is high on the Dodgers despite losing a huge chunk of their league-best pitching staff over the off-season. Gone are Derek Lowe (Braves), Brad Penny (Red Sox), Greg Maddux (retired), Takashi Saito (Red Sox), Joe Beimel (Nationals), Chan Ho Park (Phillies), and Scott Proctor (Marlins). The only pitchers they’ve brought in are Randy Wolf, Guillermo Mota, Shawn Estes, and Claudio Vargas.

We have saved the best for last, however. On March 30, the 30th and final preview will be posted by yours truly, focusing on the WFC’s.