Astros Commerce Garrett Stubbs To Phillies

The Phillies introduced Friday that they’ve acquired catcher Garrett Stubbs from the Astros in alternate for minor league outfielder Logan Cerny. Stubbs turns into the second backup catching choice acquired by the Phils tonight, who additionally added minor league backstop Donny Sands in a trade with the Yankees.

Stubbs, 28, has spent elements of three seasons within the Majors with the ’Stros, hitting at a mixed .182/.238/.247 clip — albeit by means of a tiny pattern of 87 plate appearances. It’s clearly not a formidable line, however Stubbs has a much better observe document in Triple-A, the place he hit .265/.418/.363 this season and carries a career-long line of .272/.369/.404 in elements of 4 seasons.

The Phils clearly don’t have a necessity for a beginning catcher, not with J.T. Realmuto getting into the second season of a five-year contract, however Stubbs will be a part of Sands as a backup choice. The previous eighth-rounder has a robust defensive repute, having posted an enormous 41% caught-stealing charge in his professional profession and robust framing charges (by way of Baseball Prospectus) all through his minor league tenure. Stubbs additionally has a minor league choice remaining, giving the Phils some flexibility in the event that they select to amass a extra established backup choice to Realmuto. That stated, Stubbs appears lots able to filling a backup position — he simply hasn’t had the chance in latest seasons with the Astros leaning closely on Martin Maldonado and Jason Castro.

As was the case within the Phillies’ commerce with the Yankees, they tapped into their latest draft class so as to add some depth choices reasonably than dealing extra skilled farmhands from a skinny minor league system. It’s not a foul technique moderately, notably on condition that the entire gamers acquired in at present’s pair of offers — Stubbs, Sands and righty Nick Nelson — can each be fast depth choices and be managed for a number of years.

Cerny, 22, clearly isn’t one of many Phils’ high prospects given his standing as a latest Tenth-round choose, however he turned in a .291/.377/.529 in three seasons at Troy College. He hit .200/.349/.286 in 43 professional plate appearances following the draft.

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