December 13, 2012
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The Phillies invited nine non-40-man roster players to Spring Training this season.
The list is headed by free agent catcher Humberto Quintero, who is the top candidate to back-up Erik Kratz while Carlos Ruiz serves his 25-game suspension. Quintero will compete with prospects Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle for that spot.
Quintero, 33, hit .232 in 43 games with the Kansas City Royals last season.
The other eight guys invited to Spring Training are infielders Andres Blanco, Josh Fields, Michael Martinez and Pete Orr; catcher Steven Lerud; outfielder Jermaine Mitchell; pitchers Cesar Jimenez and Zach Miner.
Martinez, Orr and Lerud all played with the Phillies during the 2012 season while Blanco spent all of last year with the IronPigs in Triple-A. The rest have not been invited before.
As per the Phillies PR, here is information on the other eight invitees to Spring Training:
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December 9, 2012
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According to Fox’s Jon Morosi, the Phillies have signed right-hander Zach Miner to a Minor League contract, including an invitation to Spring Training.
Miner, 30, hasn’t played in the Majors since the 2009 season. He had Tommy John surgery in 2010 and has pitched in the Tigers farm system ever since.
In 157 Major League games, 35 of them starts, Miner has a 25-20 record with a 4.24 ERA. Last season in 29 Minor League games, Miner posted a 2-0 record with a 2.79 ERA while striking out 23 and walking 22 in 42 innings of work.
Miner isn’t the impact reliever the Phillies are looking for, instead just an insurance piece that could be called up during the season if someone gets hurt, or if Miner performs well with the IronPigs.