The Phillies have acquired outfielder Jordan Qsar from the Rays, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Phillies are sending cash considerations the other way, per Matt Gelb of The Athletic.
Qsar, 27, will jump to just the second organization of his career, as he’s spent it all with the Rays until now. That club selected him in the 25th round of the 2018 draft. Since then, Qsar has moved his way up the minor league ladder, showing some power and on-base ability, but also huge strikeout numbers.
Last year, Qsar split his time between Double-A and Triple-A, getting into 102 games between those two levels. In his 411 plate appearances, he hit 17 home runs and walked at a 10.7% clip but also got punched out at a 38.2% rate. His combined batting line was .227/.321/.452, leading to a wRC+ of 101, indicating he was a hair above average. He also swiped 11 bags on the season.
Qsar got a non-roster invite to spring with the Rays but has struggled mightily. In 31 plate appearances, he’s struck out 14 times, a 45.2% rate. His batting line is .192/.323/.192, which includes five walks, a 16.1% rate. Spring performance aside, the Phils evidently still like the power and on-base potential Qsar brings and have brought him aboard.
The Phillies are likely to have an outfield of Brandon Marsh in center, flanked by Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos in the corners. With Bryce Harper out of action until midseason due to Tommy John surgery, the designated hitter spot is open, with Schwarber and Castellanos perhaps seeing some time there. Jake Cave and Dalton Guthrie could be in the mix for a fourth outfielder role, with the 40-man roster also featuring Simon Muzziotti, Jhailyn Ortiz and Johan Rojas. Qsar will give the club some non-roster depth alongside that group, having played all three spots in his career.
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Anyone know how to pronounce Jordan’s last name?
baseball reference says is “kuh-zar”
Curly Was The Smart Stooge
Curly Was The Smart Stooge
Oooops, looks like I’m a little slow on the trigger
Bart Harley Jarvis
Lol. What does Hoskins have to do with this?
Hoskins has to go. He’s gonna be a guy who is gonna command 20 million a year and that is laughable
Not extending him and trading him for virtually nothing are two different things. If they want to win this year, Hoskins is key. Next year they can move on.
If Phillies fans are eager to give up Hoskins, I’d gladly give you guys Garrett Cooper. He’ll only play about 60 games, but he’s way better than Qsar in trade value.
Here we go again. Will all this Hoskins WAH WAH WAH ever stop? So just who would this huge tremendous improvement over Hoskins be? This is the question the whiners can’t ever answer….
@Phillls Exactly. This team will be significantly worse without Hoskins. Again, I’m not saying they should extend him. I’m simply talking about 2023. Hoskins is the best option at 1B and as an occasional DH. That’s a lot of offensive production gone if you simply dump Hoskins.. He’s a bad fielder. I get it. So is half the roster and they don’t provide the same amount of offensive production.
Buuba ho tep
Bob Hoskins WOW
Roger Rabbit will be upset. Afterall, Bob worked hard to hide his British accent in order to hang out with Roger.
Curly Was The Smart Stooge
Why on this good green earth, would the Phils trade Hoskins for this dude?
Seems like Hoskins has an anti-fan club out there, not sure why.
Why on this good green earth, would the Rays accept Hoskins knowing their payroll constraints?
Because some Phillies fans are morons.
Kruk's Left Nut
To make the fan base happy
Interesting. Yesterday’s article headline: “Phillies interested in right handed hitting Outfielders”
Today: Phillies acquire left handed hitting Outfielder
To be clear… Qsar was available but not selected in the minor league phase of the most recent Rule 5 draft … had he not been traded, I suspect he would have been released. This is just to give Philly some org filler and land a well liked minor leaguer his next job – the cash considerations *might* be enough to buy lunch.
(I’d like for Qsar to succeed – has patience, power, and an interesting surname, but he’s just a guy at this point.)
Qsar not being selected in the Rule 5 draft is more or less irrelevant to any decision by the Rays to release Qsar (had they not traded him). Lots of guys aren’t drafted in Rule 5 and continue playing for their teams for years to come. However, you’re right about everything else. Qsar is comical in the field, seemingly making an error per game (hard to do as a COF), and he strikes out a ton. Rays also have several upper minors guys ahead of Qsar on the depth chart. Rays do right by the guy and send him to a team that might have use of him, rather than force him to play for a team where he has no hope of seeing the Majors. Good for the Rays for doing right by the player (and good for Qsar).
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A star that sucks the energy out of the room?
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Qsar should skip baseball and go directly to the Marvel Universe.
So the Phillies traded for Rhys Hoskins
I’m not really a Philly fan but here’s my input anyway. Why? Why pay anything for someone who you probably could get almost for free once the roster cuts begin for real next week. There’ll be an 4th outfielders smorgasbord. They must’ve seen something….who knows?
Qsar is not on the roster, so roster cuts are irrelevant to him. The cash being paid is most likely trivial (ie: at best, what teams pay for Rule 5 draftees).
Qsar is pronounced “oblique.”
Do the Phillies sign free agents who could be good but probably won’t? Except for maybe one or two? That’s what it seems like the past few years since the stupid money comment. This is just a question about the Phillies. I realize it has nothing to do with the guy they bought from Tampa.
Care to provide examples?
Why do people on here always respond with another question like they have no idea what the other guy is talking about? Even if the examples are as plain as day? Happens all the time. Always gotta be several commenters who act like they don’t have a clue what the first guy is talking about. Ok…..McCutchen. Arrietta.Castellanos.Schwarber. Need more?
Schwarber hit 46 homers last year including some big postseason ones. Arrieta was overpaid, but signed during a rebuilding period to lure other FAs here. Cutch was also overpaid, but did his job.
Out of the 3 mentioned, I’ll give you Arrieta. I don’t really think your statement is true. That’s why I asked for examples. I will say that the Phillies are willing to pay a premium to fill positions of need, but that’s not quite what you said. I’m baffled that you think Schwarber, one of the best hitters in the league. as a guy who “could be good, but probably won’t.”
Ok this will go right over your head and throttle your brain for awhile but most people thought the Phillies were and do throw money at problems. I’ll stop there.
Of course they do. That’s very different than what you said originally. Good teams spend money to fill holes. The Phillies had to spend more because for years they failed to develop any homegrown talent. That was a huge problem with this organization that’s finally being resolved. But if you look at their track record of FA signings, they’ve actually been more successful than most, which is the complete opposite of your original statement. Most of their FA busts have been short term deals. I’m thinking Familia. But really they’ve hit on Wheeler, Harper, Schwarber…etc..Castellanos was a bust year one, so he’s one to keep an eye on.
that first question makes no sense whatsoever … all teams sign free agents who “could be good but probably won’t”
The focus in the original comment is the Phillies. It’s actually the 3rd word.I even said “this is just a question about the Phillies.” I even narrowed it down to the past few years since the “stupid money” comment. I went into detail because I knew 75 percent of people would have trouble and add a bunch of stuff into it. Sorry I gave you two so much trouble with this. I really tried to do the focusing for you but it still didn’t work. Move along now.
If 75% of people have trouble, maybe you’re the issue? Just a thought, my humble friend. You posted a comment that could be applied to all baseball teams. I genuinely didn’t understand it. I’m not trying to attack you or anything. I asked for examples to be extrapolated upon. Some of the example you provided completely contradict your original statement. Than you replied “The Phillies throw money at problems.” Another statement which can be applied to all teams. I emphasized the Phillies failure to develop homegrown talent over the last decade. As a result, they buy a ton of FAs. Which isn’t ideal. But, most have worked out. Still, it forces them to spend more money than most. That’s definitely an organizational failure. One that DD appears to have corrected in some regard.
Excellent argument, Von. I admire your logic and calm demeanor. Would you happen to be a lawyer!
Bart Harley Jarvis
Von, bringing the calm!
I specifically mentioned the Phillies in the opening statement. Made it clear beyond a shadow of a doubt I was talking about the Phillies. I chose my words carefully so it could not be confused with any other team or teams. People still got confused. I’m not attacking anyone either I honestly thought I worded my comment in the correct manner.
Sorry. You’re misunderstanding the complaints. Everyone knows you’re talking about the Phillies. It’s just that your specific complaint about the Phillies can be applied to every team in baseball. It’s not a Philly problem. Every single team in baseball throws money at free agents. Every single team signs guys that “could be good but probably won’t.” Especially when it comes to relievers. I just disagree with the premise, because I think the Phillies have actually had a tremendous track record when it comes to FA signings. The vast majority of signings have worked out. The Phillies organizational problem has to do with failure to scout, develop and draft. So they often have an extreme lack of homegrown depth and are forced to sign even more FAs. So I think that’s what we should be criticizing. Phillies had a 7-year rebuild in which we only saw a handful of homegrown players succeed.
Most of what you said is true but like I said I wasn’t trying to get into every other organization as well. If others wanted to do that start another comment. I perfectly understood how others could compare organizations but that sure wasn’t my intent. Any comment can take another direction when someone adds more to it and that’s fine but it also gets off the specific topic. Phillies made some good free agency pickups but some were questionable (alot if you ask me.)
Bart Harley Jarvis
Patience, Von, patience…
I give everyone the benefit of the doubt except you.
Bart Harley Jarvis
Hugs right back atcha!
Yawn, AA depth ?