PHILS CLAIM OUTFIELDER OSCAR MERCADO — HASN’T HIT SINCE 2019!

By Sam Bush

Okay, he’s no Bryce Harper, who’s out for who knows how long because of a broken thumb suffered Saturday night in San Diego.

Mercado has 932 big-league plate appearances but none since 2019, his rookie year.

That season, he batted .269/.318/.443 with 25 doubles, 15 homers and 15 stolen bases, placing eighth in American League Rookie of the Year voting. In the three years since, Mercado has hit just .198 in 450 plate appearances.

Mercado was designated for assignment earlier in the week when Cleveland activated Franmil Reyes from the injured list. He was out of options, thus the DFA

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