Sunday, January 11, 2009

Phils looking at Garciaparra, Kapler

Continuing their search for a right-handed hitter to come off the bench, the Phils have shown interest in infielder Nomar Garciaparra and outfielder Gabe Kapler. Each player was eliminated by the Phillies during the 2008 postseason, as Nomar played for the Dodgers and Kapler for the Brewers.

Kapler is coming off a season in which he hit .301, with eight home runs and 38 runs batted in. Garciaparra, who can play shortstop, first and third base, hit .264 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs last season.

Kapler would be a better signing for the Phils, as they lack depth in the outfield. Nomar is a solid player, but he is aging and has seen his share of injury problems over the years. Kapler is more likely to stay healthy, and could even get a few starts in the outfield against some tough left-handed pitchers.

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