Phillies Sign Former Top Pick Anderson
The Phillies had nothing to lose when they signed right-hander Matt Anderson to a Minor League contract.
Anderson, who was the first overall pick in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft, will report to Minor League camp in Spring Training in Clearwater, Fla. He spent parts of seven seasons in the big leagues with the Detroit Tigers (1998-2003) and Colorado Rockies (2005), but has not pitched professionally since 2008, when he had a 5.60 ERA in 15 relief appearances with Triple-A Charlotte.
Anderson, 34, last pitched in the big leagues with the Rockies on July 1, 2005.
He is 15-7 with a 5.19 ERA and 26 saves in 257 appearances in his Major League career.
Phillies president David Montgomery and his wife Lyn, Ruben Amaro Jr., Pat Gillick, Charley Kerfeld and Ryne Sandberg attended Christina Taylor Green‘s funeral yesterday. Del Unser attended the wake.
John Mayberry Jr. has changed his number to 15. He wore No. 40 in the past.