NL East Notes: Bernadina, Fernandez, Carpenter

The Nationals' trade for David DeJesus was the headline news out of the NL East today, and you can read some of extra details behind the deal and reaction to the Nats' move here.  Here are some other notes from around the NL East..

  • The Phillies have interest in Roger Bernadina,'s Jim Salisbury reports.  Bernadina was released by the Nationals today to create roster space for DeJesus.  The 29-year-old is hitting .179/.247/.270 with two homers in 167 PA.  As Salisbury notes, Bernadina has played all three outfield positions and could provide the Phils with much-needed depth for this season and perhaps beyond.
  • Jose Fernandez's last start of the season will occur in the first week of September,'s Joe Frisaro calculates, possibly on September 4 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field or at home on September 6 against the Nationals.  Fernandez was put on a 170-inning cap by the Marlins at the start of the year and he has made every one count.  The 21-year-old phenom allowed just one earned run over six innings against the red-hot Dodgers tonight, dropping his ERA to 2.41 in 24 starts.
  • The Braves' claim of David Carpenter off waivers from the Red Sox last November has proven to be a steal, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes (AJC subscriber account required).  Carpenter has posted a 1.86 ERA and 10.6 K/9 in 48 1/3 innings out of the Atlanta bullpen this season. 
  • Matthew Cerrone of doesn't see the Mets signing Jose Dariel Abreu, noting that it would be unlike Sandy Alderson to give a major contract to a player with so many question marks surrounding him.  Abreu could receive a deal in excess of $60MM and the Orioles, Red Sox, Pirates and White Sox are all known to have interest in the Cuban slugger.

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