The race to offer Pete Orr the best minor league contract possible is on, and the defending champs want in.
The Washington Nationals outrighted the 29-year-old utilityman to Triple-A Syracuse last week and he opted to become a free agent instead, news that triggered Chris Wheeler’s Student of the Game Google Alert and opened the door for Phillies PR officials to resurrect their “Our scouts had their eye on him” press release, last used when Matt Kata was acquired for Tim Worrell. According to one report, the Phils are in mix for Orr, a .261/.290/.333 career hitter who made 49 appearances this season with Washington and hit .253 with seven RBIs, seeing most of his action with Washington’s Triple-A affiliate. The Phils have seen plenty of Orr, who's spent most of his career with Atlanta.
Orr bats from the left side, has speed and seems like a super good fit for a Triple-A IronPigs team lacking veteran influence. Orr is also a super good fit when the crossword clue reads “Hockey legend Bobby __.”