Catcher Schneider signs with Phillies
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By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA — Catcher Brian Schneider signed a two-year deal with the Phillies and will be introduced later Tuesday.
Schneider will make $1.25 million in 2010 and $1.5 million in ’11, according to a source.
Schneider batted .218 last season in 59 games with the Mets, although he hit .382 (13-for-34) in his final 13 games. He missed 41 games earlier in the season with a strained back muscle.
“We feel Brian is ideal for our ballclub,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “He has played in the [National League] East for this entire decade, so he knows the opposing hitters in this division well and he has also proven he can handle the bat. He’s a guy that we would feel comfortable with playing for an extended period of time, if needed.”
Schneider is a career .251 hitter in 10 seasons with the Expos, Nationals and Mets.
Schneider, who hits left-handed, hails from Allentown, Pa.
Well, it looks like the Phils have signed someone who has a bat (somewhat) who can act as Ruiz’s back-up. Hopefully Schneider will be able to fill the need there. Guess we won’t know for sure until next year. Anyway, welcome to the team, Brian. Now, time to get the team a new third baseman and some bullpen help, Ruben.