The 35-year-old utilityman played in 64 games with Houston last season, hitting .260/.297/.404. This is his second stop in the Phillies organization.
Newhan has spent parts of eight seasons with five clubs: San Diego, Philadelphia, Baltimore, the Mets and Houston, hitting a career .253/.312/.380 with 23 homers, playing numerous positions. Lately, the versatile veteran has floated between Triple-A and the majors, earning the call as the last man off the bench with Houston. He spent most of the season in Triple-A Round Rock, where he hit .308/.355/.535 with nine homers in 216 plate appearances. In fewer Major League plate appearances (111), Newhan, who bats from the left side, actually had better offensive numbers than Miguel Cairo and Eric Bruntlett. Signed to a minor league deal on Jan. 29, he was released by the Astros in spring training.
Beerleaguer: Many inches of newspaper agate have been set aside for Newhan's various promotions and demotions over the years. At 35, he accepts a position with Philadelphia's development staff as a Triple-A player/coach, one of the highest honors bestowed upon a beerleaguer. The very definition of a "tweener," it's only fitting that his newest assignment isn't quite one or the other.