Yesterday the Philadelphia Phillies inked utility infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league deal. However, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Jayson Stark of ESPN that he’s continuing his search for additional infielders.
At this point, due to injuries to Chase Utley and Michael Martinez, Freddy Galvis is slated to be Philadelphia’s everyday second baseman while veteran Ty Wigginton will provide infield relief when needed.
This is a less than ideal situation, and the Phillies would like to upgrade their depth behind Galvis, Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco. It was initially speculated that the Phillies could look to find a veteran regular to take over at second full-time and bump Galvis into a reserve role.
Now, Philadelphia has apparently turned its attention to utility-type infielders that can be had on minor league contracts. That would mean Galvis would remain their second baseman, at least for the time being. Philadelphia could give the rookie an opportunity to show what he can do during the beginning of the season. If he struggles mightily, the club can then look to acquire a starter depending on Utley’s injury timeframe.
Because Philadelphia seems to be targeting out-of-option players willing to sign minor league contracts, many of the names that have been tied to them are likely not in consideration. Players such as Jason Bartlett, Orlando Hudson, Alberto Callaspo and Maicer Izturis figure to be too expensive, while veteran Mike Fontenot is not expected to be had on a minor league deal.
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Tags: Alberto Callaspo Andres Blanco Chase Utley Freddy Galvis Jason Bartlett Jimmy Rollins Maicer Izturis Michael Martinez Mike Fontenot Orlando Hudson Philadelphia Phillies Placido Polanco Ty Wigginton