The Phillies and catcher Brian Schneider agreed to a one-year deal.
The deal is said to be worth $800,000 and could reach $1 million in incentives tied to games played.
This will be Schneider’s third season with the Phillies as their back up catcher to Carlos Ruiz.
November 16 — The Phils were interested in bringing back catcher Brian Schneider.
It looks like it’s going to happen. According to Matt Gelb, a deal to bring back Schneider for a 3rd season with the Phillies is close.
One of the sources Gelb used said the deal is close but won’t be done until Thursday.
As Gelb points out, the Phils are looking for familiarity in their choice. Vance Worley favored Schneider as their back up and we reported the other day that Cliff Lee requested the Phils bring back Schneider as well.
And could you blame them? Schneider’s bat may have been bad last year but he was still a very reliable back up catcher defensively, something that’s especially important when one of the Phillies’ goals is to keep their ace’s prized possession, Carlos Ruiz, fresh and healthy.
Schneider, who will be 35 next year, made $1.625 last season. It’s a high possibility he makes less in 2012.