Eric Bruntlett, who refused a minor league assignment in November after hitting just .171/.224/.238 for the Phillies in 2009, has signed a minor league deal with the Nationals and has been invited to spring training.
Beerleaguer: It would have been hard to produce less if he tried. Bruntlett’s lone highlight was an unassisted, walk-off triple play Aug. 23 at Citi Field. Nevertheless, you can’t deny the absurd highlights during his brief tenure in Philadelphia. The triple play. Most of the others occurred in the 2008 postseason: a ninth-inning home run off hot-shot rookie David Price in a Game 2 loss to the Rays; the walk-off run on “The Little Squib that Did” in Game 3; and the eventual winning run in Game 5 of the World Series. Then in 2009, he scored the first run on Jimmy Rollins' game-winning hit in Game 4 of the NLCS. For all his faults, it’s quite a distinction to be involved in so many big moments in Phillies history.
The Nationals also announced the minor league signing of Josh “Don’t Call Me Jason” Whitesell. That’s not how you spell Weitzel, unless you’re spelling it as it sounds. And that, in a nutshell, is all she wrote for now. It’s been a slow weekend for Phillies news. I had half a mind to break down the World Series this weekend and get to the bottom of why they lost in six. We never really had time to dissect the Series as we were immediately thrust into the winter hot stove. I’m not entirely certain the Phils lost because of one specific reason; it was a combination of many issues: starting pitching, a suddenly cold lead-off hitter, the bench. I’ll stop there and open the floor for discussion.
Notes: Rodrigo Lopez has signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks. Meanwhile, Tyler Walker, who I had forgotten about, remains unsigned. Recall that he expressed interest in returning. I'd offer him another minor league contract at this stage, just to add a body.