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John Bowker To Join Phillies After Trade

The Pirates have traded outfielder John Bowker to the Phillies, and it looks like he'll be joining the big-league club. The Pirates' return is not yet known, but it will probably be minimal.

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Bowker joined the Pirates after being traded with Joe Martinez in the deal that sent Javier Lopez to San Francisco. Neither Bowker nor Martinez are still with the Pirates.

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Playing Class AAA baseball isn't that bad of a gig, but it's still got to be exciting and heartening for Bowker to join a playoff-bound team at the major-league level after spending most of the year in the minors. 

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The Phillies are getting an outfielder who has consistently hit minor-league pitching but has never really done much in the majors. He hasn't had a ton of chances, and he recently turned 28, so there's some chance he could put up decent numbers in a bench role.

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For more on the Phillies, check out The Good Phight and SB Nation Philly.

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