Francoeur, 7 Others Sign Minor League Contracts

francoeurThe Phillies had a remarkable lack of depth in the outfield last season, so the players they signed Thursday to Minor League contracts should have surprised nobody.

Six of the eight can play in the outfield, including Jeff Francoeur.

Each player will be in Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.

The group includes:

  • Andres Blanco, INF. Blanco, 30, hit .277 in 25 games for the Phillies last season. He played 10 games at third base, six at shortstop and five at second base.
  • Brian Bogusevic, OF. Bogusevic, 30, hit .260 with six home runs and 33 RBIs in 79 games with Triple-A New Orleans. He missed nearly two months because of two separate fractures in his right leg. He played 299 games over four seasons (2010-13) with the Astros and Cubs, hitting .236 with 17 home runs, 62 RBIs, 22 stolen bases and a .682 OPS.
  • Russ Canzler, INF/OF. Canzler, 28, split last season between Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hitting a combined .276 with 32 doubles, 13 home runs and 58 RBIs in 112 games. He played 29 games between the Rays (2011) and Indians (2012), hitting .271 with three home runs, 12 RBIs and a .700 OPS.
  • Chase d’Arnaud, INF/OF. – D’Arnaud, 27, played second base, third base and all three outfield positions last season with Triple-A Indianapolis. He hit .250 with 16 doubles, nine triples, two home runs, 23 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. He has appeared in 64 big-league games with the Pirates, hitting .208 with a .507 OPS.
  • Jeff Francoeur, OF. – Francoeur, 30, has hit .262 with 250 doubles, 140 home runs and 619 RBIs in 1,237 games in the big leagues. He appeared in 10 games last season for the Padres. He has has played for the Braves (2005-09), Mets (2009-10), Rangers (2010), Royals (2011-13), Giants (2013) and Padres (2014).
  • John Hester, C. Hester, 31, hit .261 with six home runs and 29 RBIs in 71 games with Triple-A Salt Lake. He has appeared in 93 games for the Diamondbacks (2009-10) and Angels (2012-13).
  • Darin Mastroianni, OF. Mastroianni, 29, split last season between the Twins and Blue Jays organizations. He played 92 Triple-A games between Rochester and Buffalo, hitting a combined .277 with 20 doubles, one triple, five home runs, 23 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He appeared in 129 games with the Blue Jays and Twins, hitting .212 with a .564 OPS.
  • Xavier Paul, OF. – Paul, 29, played in 14 games last season for the Diamondbacks. In 349 career big-league games, Paul hit .250 with 12 home runs, 71 RBIs and a .679 OPS over six seasons with the Dodgers, Pirates, Reds and Diamondbacks.


Ah, why not? Can’t be much worse than Brown and Revere. Byrd was the only major leaguer in the outfield.

30,30,28,27,30,31,29 & 29 – That’s a YOUTH direction? Does anyone in that organization know what a young baseball player is? How is Amaro still the GM here?

Relax. These guys are AA and AAA roster-fillers.

These signings just go to show that RAJ still has no concept of On-Base Percentage.

Don’t renew your season packages is what this is telling me!

These moves are only to add depth at AAA level. This would be fine if the Phils actually had major league talent worth insuring.

This is a move of signing 2nd chance guys, 3rd chance guys, guys on the fringe of ML. To compete for a spots, give guys a break in Spring Training, not much more. Francoeur is the interesting name here, as he was a capable ML player at one point.

The word “was” is probably very true — best days have come and gone and now the Phillies are interested – ho ! hum !

Overall I’d have to give the Phillies a good grade on these minor league signings. Bogusevic (.298-12), d’Arnaud (.279) and Canzler (.272) all had good years in AAA for the Ironpigs and all 3 provided big league experience had they been called upon as temporary fill-ins for the Phillies, Francoeur is hitting .269 for the Phillies with 12 HR, behind just Howard & Franco, and Blanco has distinguished himself both offensively and defensively in a utility role for the Phillies, Also, Blanco’s mentoring of the young Latin players, most nobably Franco, has proven invaluable to the Phillies. He will be a good coach someday. John Hester & Xavier Paul were both released and Mastroianni was sold the the Nationals organization in May.

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