By Justin Adkins:
The Phillies have started adding some inventory to their minor league system, an annual exercise that serves to tease the fanbase thirsting for an exciting mega-move, like the re-signing of Jayson Werth.
These transactions aren’t quite on that scale.
The Phillies signed righthanded reliever Eddie Bonine, utility infielder Pete Orr, and catcher Erik Kratz. Each are expected to start the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, with the possibility of making the big league roster later on, most likely if/when injuries occur.
Bonine, 29, but 30 when the 2011 season starts, spent last year with the Detroit Tigers, appearing in 47 games, with a 4-1 record and 4.63 ERA.
Orr, 32, spent last season at Triple-A Syracuse, a Nationals affiliate, where he hit .264 and posted a solid if unspectacular OPS of .762. He smacked 12 homers and stole 25 bases while striking out 90 times in 536 plate appearances. Orr bounced between the Braves and Nationals from 2005 to 2009, hitting .260 with 3 home runs while posting a dismal .622 OPS in 555 plate appearances. Orr can play second, third, and short, as well as each of the outfield spots.
Kratz, 30, from Lansdale, played briefly for the Pirates in 2010 but spent most of the season at their Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis. He hit nine home runs and had 41 RBI in 274 plate appearances.
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