Yesterday, the Phils sent out a press release announcing that they have signed two more players to minor league deals, offering spring training non-roster invitations to both players.
The players that the Phils have signed are infielder Hector Luna and outfielder Luis Montanez. Luna, who spent the 2011 season playing on the Red Sox Triple-A Pawtucket team, had played 311 games on the major league level between 2004-2010, playing for the Cardinals, Indians, Blue Jays and Marlins, compiling a .265 career batting average (194 hits in 732 at-bats). During his time in the majors, he had played at least one game at all four infield positions and all three outfield positions. Last year, for Pawtucket, he played in 113 games, batting .283, hitting 14 home runs and 58 RBIs. The other signed player, Montanez, spent part of the just finished 2011 season playing for Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs minor league system, appearing in 92 games, batting .321, hitting 7 home runs, and knocking in 69 RBIs. He had also appeared in 36 games with the Cubs, batting .222 (13 for 54). In his major league career, 2008-2011, in which he spent the first three seasons playing for the Orioles, he has a career batting average of .223 (68 for 305).
In the same press release, the Phils announced that they had lost minor league infielder Carlos Rivero to the Nationals via the waiver wire. Rivero was earlier taken off of the Phils 40-man roster to make room for the just resigned Jimmy Rollins.
My guess is that both signed players will likely end up playing for the Iron Pigs when the regular season starts.
Phillies acquire Paulino from Bucs
Jaramillo goes to Pittsburgh in swap of catchers
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
Raises an eyebrow. Two trades since Ruben took over and they’d both been minor league prospect for minor league prospect. Okay, Junior, there’s better be a method to this while we all wait to hear the final results of the Peavy trade.
LAS VEGAS — The Phillies and Pirates completed a swap of catchers on Wednesday night, with Ronny Paulino coming to Philadelphia in exchange for Jason Jaramillo.
“We just think it was a good move to give us an incremental edge,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “Sometimes, it’s the little moves that can help, and it gives us depth at a premium position that we needed.”
It was Amaro’s second trade since he replaced Pat Gillick only days after the Phillies defeated the Rays at the end of October to win the second World Series in franchise history. Last month, he acquired John Mayberry Jr. from Texas for Greg Golson in a swap of outfielders.
Paulino, 27, split last season between Pittsburgh, Triple-A Indianapolis and the Gulf Coast League Pirates. In 40 games (27 starts) for Pittsburgh, he hit .212 with two home runs and 18 RBIs, although those figures leapt to .387 (12-for-31) and 14 RBIs with runners in scoring position.
Behind the plate for the Bucs, Paulino threw out 26 percent (8-for-31) of potential basestealers, and for his career, he has caught 24 percent (51-for-216).
Amaro said the deal could lead to interesting choices down the road. The Phillies are already carrying two catchers: starter Carlos Ruiz and Chris Coste.
“Ruiz is our No. 1 catcher,” Amaro said. “I think he deserves that. Really, in Spring Training, it will be a competition at backup, frankly, and it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility that we’d carry three catchers. Chris Coste has the ability to do a variety of things and there may be room. But it creates a competition at the very least, and that’s good for our club.”
Jaramillo, 26, hit .266 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs in 115 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this past season. He was a second-round selection by the Phillies in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. He was an International League All-Star in 2007 and ’08, while leading all catchers with this past season with 113 games played. (H/T Phillies.com)
Okay, the Phillies have now traded one minor league catcher to the Pirates for one of theirs. I hope that Paulino will help the ballclub in the future. Hey, Ruben, how about trading for someone who can help the team now and not the future?
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)–Injured Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 4-for-4 with two RBIs in an extended spring training game on Monday.
The reigning National League MVP is on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his eight-year career because of a sprained left ankle. He hurt the ankle on April 8 running the bases against the New York Mets, but didn’t go on the DL for nearly two more weeks.
“It was fine,” Rollins said. “Running around the bases for the first time, it felt good. Second time, I felt a little twinge, but I was still able to kick it in coming around to score, and I was fine.”
Rollins is scheduled to play in another extended spring game Tuesday. He hopes to rejoin the Phillies Thursday or Friday.
“Once I get the confidence that I can do anything without worrying about my ankle, that’s when I know I’m 100 percent,” Rollins said. “So, with that being said, I feel about 90 percent confident.”
The switch-hitting Rollins batted three times left-handed in the game against New York Yankees’ minor leaguers, and doubled each time. His other at-bat resulted in a single from the right side.
“It was interesting,” Rollins said. “I really just wanted to get in there and track the ball, actually. Just try to get some timing. It was good. I was just happy I wasn’t jumping at the ball.”
Rollins played in the field for four innings, and also went through an extensive postgame workout program for the ankle. (H/T Yahoo! Sports)
It looks like Rollins is doing okay. Of course, this was against minor league pitching. The real test for his bat, glove and legs will be after he comes off the disabled list either this coming Thursday or Friday. Hopefully he’ll continue where he’d left off before the injury.