The 32-year-old infielder/outfielder, who had his best seasons with the Montreal Expos, retired from baseball last season. The Phils have signed him to a minor league deal, according to reports.
In eight Major League seasons, his last coming in a .220/.308/.326 effort between Seattle and Toronto in 2008, Wilkerson is a career .247/.350/.440 hitter with 122 homers, lately splitting time evenly at first base and the outfield. His last productive season came in 2007 with Texas (104 OPS+), but he was never quite as good as he was before he was traded from Washington in the December 2005 deal for Alfonso Soriano. His struggles have been compounded by career-ruining shoulder problems. Some may recall that Wilkerson, who bats from the left side, was once mentioned in trade rumors involving the Phillies, back at the time when they were seeking help in center field. The veteran's best season came in a 32-homer campaign in 2004, a year in which he drew 106 walks while striking out 156 times. Wilkerson announced his retirement shortly after missing the cut with Boston and taking only a handful of cuts with Triple-A Pawtucket last spring. He will be assigned to minor league camp, according to the Inquirer.