While not quite as big as the Papelbon signing, the Phillies have made another free agent signing. This time they brought back one of their own — but it wasn’t Jimmy Rollins.
On Wednesday Fox Sports reported that the Phillies were nearing a deal with catcher Brian Schneider, and now today SI’s Jon Heyman says a deal is done.
Schneider, who will be 35 on November 26, didn’t exactly light the world on fire this past season, putting up a .176 batting average, a .246 OBP, a .256 SLG, and a .502 OPS, which if you didn’t know otherwise would indicate he was physically disabled. And he only threw out three of a potential 23 base stealers.
Still, even with that putrid stat line, the Phillies went 29-12 when he played. So, good signing Rube. The Phillies needed to do something for depth behind Chooch since there really isn’t any major league ready players in the minors. Future career backup Tuffy Gosewich should spend the season in AAA-Lehigh Valley, and likely Ruiz replacement Sebastian Valle is still a couple years away from a call up.
So welcome back Brian. Remember, baseball doesn’t test for HGH. Just sayin’. UPDATE: Never mind, with baseball’s new CBA comes HGH testing. D’oh.