The Phillies signed veteran OF Freddy Guzman to a minor league contract. His contract doesn’t include an invitation to Spring Training though so he is guarenteed to start in the minors.
Guzman spent the 2009 season with the Triple-A affiliates of the Orioles, Mariners, Red Sox and Yankees. He did get 10 games of action with Yankees, going 1-6 with a stolen base. In 101 games last year in the minors, the 29-year-old speedster batted .223 with a .272 on-base percentage, two homers, 17 RBIs and was 45-for-54 in steals.
This is just a minor-league deal. He won’t make the opening day roster and I only expect him to make it if the Phillies need a speed demon on the bench. He should be up in September when the rosters expand to 40 players.