Phillies Invite Four to Spring Training

The Phillies today announced they had signed four player to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training in Clearwater, Fla., as non-roster players: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez, and outfielder Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

More certainly will be announced later.

Camp, 37, went 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA in 26 appearances last season with the Cubs, who released him in July. He signed a Minor League contract with the Diamondbacks, and posted a 2.42 ERA in 22 1/3 innings with Triple-A Reno. Camp has a 4.40 ERA in a 10-year career with the Roayls, Rays, Blue Jays and Cubs.

Jimenez, 29, went 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA in 17 innings last season with the Phillies. He is pitching in Winter Ball in Venezuela.

Thomas, 30, hit .214 with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 92 games last season with the Twins. He played all three positions in the outfield. He has played 249 games in his big-league career with the Tigers and Twins.

Castro, 24, hit .256 with 23 doubles, one triple, eight homers, 55 RBIs and 20 stolen bases last season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He hit .328 against left-handers, and also played all three outfield positions. He is playing Winter Ball in the Dominican Republic.

9 Comments

Well, I guess somebody has to be there to shag balls. Certainly they aren’t there to help us win anything.

has that retarded mother flocker gone completely nuts? i am waiting for him to inveite qualsl, polanco, and pierre back to camp this spring

Shocked, chargrined, mortified and stupefied per Jackie the Lawyer Seinfeld.

Relax guys, they are just training camp and AAA fodder and will never again play in The Show.
Right?

I need to mention one name to you–Michael Martinez–so I would not count on AAA fodder. Remember Amaro is the G.M.

Nice to see Rube making good use of those GM meetings……cream of the crop signings.

Any Rule Five picks coming? Can MM sneak back onto the roster as one of Rube’s Rule Five picks? The suspense is killing me…….

“Clete” Thomas is a great name that sounds like it came out of the great legends of the past…….. Let’s see if the player can live up to it!

And this is news because … ?

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