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Phillies emphasizing speed, defense in their 2016 outfield

The Phillies bolstered their defense Wednesday by signing Peter Bourjos off waivers.
The newest Phillie will add defense and speed to an already speedy outfield.Getty Images

The days of the big bats in the outfield at Citizens Bank Park are over. Well, at least until Phillies prospectNick Williams breaks into the big leagues.

Gone are the power bats of Pat Burrell, Jayson Werth and Hunter Pence. Done too are Domonic Brown, and likely journeyman Jeff Francouer.

In the 2016 outfield, some combination of youngstersAaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera and Cody Asche will compile the Phillies opening day roster. And perhaps the team'snewest acquisition, Peter Bourjos, willspell them or even compete for a starting job.

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The Phillies announced that their 40-man roster is up to 38 now, as they added the former Cardinal to the roster Wednesday by claiming him off waivers.

A native of Park Ridge, Ill., Bourjos was originally selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 10th round of the June 2005 draft. He was acquired by St. Louis along with outfielder Randal Grichuk from Los Angeles on November 22, 2013, in exchange for infielder David Freese and right-hander Fernando Salas.

He has played more than 3,500 innings in the outfield and has one of the best defensive rating in all of baseball since 2010.

 

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