A veteran of 13 seasons, the 34-year-old hit .249/.316/.330 (75 OPS+) with Seattle last season, seeing limited action at multiple positions. He will battle for a spot on the bench and serve as added insurance at second and third.
Beerleaguer: Cairo essentially does what Eric Bruntlett does except Bruntlett leans heavier into the outfielder category and can do everything Cairo does with a fresher set of legs. In any event, he's an extra righty bench bat and probably the last signing we'll see unless Nomar Garciaparra decides to come here. The Phillies will continue to seek a true upgrade this spring via trade.
The Phillies have certainly stockpiled infield depth, with Cairo, Bruntlett, Pablo Ozuna and Marcus Giles. I've left out Jason Donald because it's clear now they want no part of starting Donald's clock if they don't have to while they're still trying to decide his future position. The Cairo signing signals a couple additional points. Based on name and reputation alone, he'll push several players in camp, although I don't see him winning a spot. It reaffirms concern over the injuries to Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz; Cairo's a second baseman first, but has seen lots of action at third. I think someone like Giles could easily get the pink slip midway through camp if they determine he can no longer play; perhaps they've already determined that. Lastly, one of these guys - perhaps Cairo or Ozuna - could be asked to teach the nuances of the infield to Donald at Triple-A. I'll bet it's a major reason this move was made. Donald still sounds like a future utility man to me and Cairo is a modern day master.