Spring training is just around the corner. Teams are beginning to finalize their rosters, pitchers…
Blue Jays sign Phillips to Minor League Deal
The La Mesa, California native will be competing with Guillermo Quiroz, the top catching prospect of the Blue Jays, for the backup spot to veteran catcher Gregg Zaun. Quiroz is out of options and will need to pass through waivers if he does not make the major league club, and the Jays want to send him to Triple-A Syracuse.
The 24-year-old Quiroz hit just .194 in his 12 games with the Jays last season. He played in just 40 minor league games in 2005 after missing the first half of the season with a collapsed lung. Quiroz got called up in late August and also played in the Arizona Fall League to make up for the time missed. Toronto was hoping Quiroz could improve at the plate during winter ball, but the young catcher currently has a .203 average in the Venezuelan League.
The 6'1", 220 lbs., Phillips has played parts of five seasons in the Majors. He is a career .254 hitter with 29 home runs and 150 RBI in 385 games. Phillips spent the first four years of his career with the New York Mets (2001-2004) before being traded to the Dodgers on March 20, 2005. He was originally selected by the Mets in the 24th round of the 1997 First Year Player Draft.
In 2003 Phillips played in 119 games with the Mets and batted .298 with eleven home runs and fifty-eight runs batted in. He also registered a career high 403 at bats that season.
Phillips also had experience playing first base.
FutureJays.com Recommended Stories
Odell Beckham makes catch of the year
Former LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham made what has to be the most incredible catch of the NFL season. Check out the highlight reel grab!Read More
OU's Perine rushes into record books
Norman has seen a lot of special days, but few will compare to what Samaje Perine did Saturday in rushing for 427 yards and five touchdowns.Read More
College Week 13: 10 Saturday Takeaways
Breaking down all the battles that mattered this weekend.Read More
5 NHL Teams with Tailgating Crazy Fans
When it comes to tailgating, football might be the first sport that comes to mind, but don’t underestimate hockey. The NHL has some of the most passionate fans in all of sports, and they don’t let up…Read More
Apache Administers Death to Taliban (VIDEO)
The Apache helicopter is one of the most famed and efficient killing machines in the U.S Army. Get the skinny on this 'steel dragon' and watch what one does to a platoon of Taliban fighters in…Read More