Fifteen minutes before the press release was sent out, Phillies beat writer for MLB.com Todd Zolecki broke the news on twitter: the SF Giants traded pitcher Jack Taschner for Phillies catcher Ronny Paulino.
Paulino spent the last four years with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In December, the Phils obtained the catcher in return for catcher Jason Jaramillo.
Paulino was out for two months last season with an ankle sprain, but in 2007 had a career year—going yard 11 times and batting 55 runs.
Paulino’s Spring Training performance has been less than stellar, hitting .185 (5-for-27) with one double, one home run, and two RBI in 12 games. The trade indicates Phillies will stay with Chris Coste as the back-up catcher.
Jack Taschner earned an 8-4 record with a 5.01 ERA in 178 relief appearances with the Giants. In 2008, he went 3-2 with a 4.88 ERA in 67 games.
During Spring Training, Taschner appeared in eight games and earned a 6.23 ERA with eight strikeouts and 12 walks.
On Tuesday, he revealed that he felt he wasn’t going to be in a Giants uniform for long.