Phillies Get Brian Schneider
The Phillies announced that Brian Schneider has passed his physical and will be their backup catcher.
He has signed a two-year, $2.75 million deal, a source said. It will pay him $1.25 million in 2010 and $1.5 million in 2011.
An official introduction at the ballpark is later today.
“We feel Brian is ideal for our ballclub,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. “He has played in the NL East for this entire decade, so he knows the opposing hitters in this division well and he has also proven he can handle the bat. He’s a guy that we would feel comfortable with playing for an extended period of time, if needed.”
Schneider hit .218 last season in 59 games with the New York Mets, although he hit .382 (13-for-34) in his final 13 games. He missed 41 games earlier in the season with a strained back muscle.
He is a career .251 hitter in 10 seasons with Expos, Nationals and Mets.
Schneider, who hits left-handed, hails from Allentown. His agent Brodie Van Wagenen, said Schneider had opportunities with three teams to be the primary catcher, but chose the Phillies because he likes the coaching staff and players and because they have a chance to win.