Utility infielder Matt Kata was released by the Phillies today.
Kata was in the running for a bench spot and seemed to be a favorite to make the team when you listed to Pat Gillick. His release should open the door a little wider for bench candidates Chris Roberson, Shawn Garrett, Josh Kroeger, Chris Coste and Danny Sandoval, and give a second life to veteran Tomas Perez, who had been rumored in trade talks. Along with Perez, the Phillies maintain Alex Gonzalez and Abraham Nunez as their top infielders off the bench.
The 27-year-old went 4-for-21 (.190) with the Phillies this spring.
The Phillies acquired Kata last season in a deal that sent Tim Worrell to Arizona, joining a long list of Ed Wade trades that yielded absolutely nothing.
Back when the deal was made, Wade said "We think Matt can contribute to the big league club. He's a versatile player and brings a lot of skills. Tim did an outstanding job for us a year ago and had some struggles this year. He expressed an interest in pitching closer to home, and we tried to see if there was a deal out there that could accommodate both him and the club."
When will a deal finally "accommodate" the Phillies for once, dammit?