Phillies Trade Morandini to Cubs
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Ed Wade made his first moves as acting general manager of the Phillies, trading second baseman Mickey Morandini to the Cubs on Tuesday for outfielder Doug Glanville and signing infielder Mark Lewis.
Morandini, 31, joined Philadelphia in 1988 and was one of the last remaining stars from the Phillies team that lost to Toronto in the 1993 World Series. He hit .295 last season with one homer, 39 RBIs, 83 runs and 16 steals.
Glanville, 27, hit .300 in 146 games last season with four homers, 35 RBIs, 19 steals and 79 runs. He will play center and lead off the batting order.
``To obtain such a young player with a high-ceiling potential we had to include Mickey,″ Wade said. ``We identified a need to acquire young outfielders this season who fit the direction of building for the long haul.″
Said Wade: ``We are acquiring a topnotch individual.″
No one answered the phone at Morandini’s home Tuesday afternoon. His agent Jim Turner of St. Louis was out of town and not immediately available for comment.
Lewis, 28, hit .267 last season with 10 homers and 42 RBIs for San Francisco and made $1,664,000. He became a free agent Sunday when the Giants, who acquired him from Detroit a year ago, failed to offer a 1998 contract.
In addition to his $1.35 million base salary, Lewis can earn an additional $400,000 million in performance bonuses.
``We’re trying to get better in an orderly fashion. I think this is a good step forward for us. We are better for the future. We are better for the present,″ Phillies manager Terry Francona said.
``We’ve been talking about people who can run things down and keep runners from going from first to third for a long time,″ he said.
The Cubs have been shopping for a second baseman, unhappy at the prospects of having Manny Alexander and Jose Hernandez share the job.
The trade means Lance Johnson will start in center field, with Sammy Sosa in right and Henry Rodriquez in left.
Glanville, who played mostly in left last season, had been expected to be the Cubs’ regular centerfielder in 1998.