Pete Orr, 31, spent all of 2010 with Triple-A Syracuse (Nationals) where he hit .264/.326/.436 with 12 homers in 536 plate appearances. (Getty Images)
Beerleaguer: Utilityman Juan Castro became the Phillies' first offseason signing of 2009 and they follow by making a utilityman their first noteworthy signing of 2010, albeit on a minor league deal, which is all that many people thought Castro should have gotten instead of the Major League commitment he was given instead. Orr, a Canadian-born everyman who hits from the left side and can play any position, has seen action over parts of five seasons with the Braves and Nationals between 2005-09, hitting 260/.287/.335 (62 OPS+), numbers that are inflated by a yeoman rookie season (87 OPS+). Since then, he hasn't been a passable Major Leaguer and has only briefly come up for air with injured and lousy Nationals and Braves teams. But the Phillies, needing versatile depth, didn't sign him for his bat. He'll give them sure handedness in a number of areas: third, short, second and the outfield, including center field. I wouldn't be surprised if he made a cameo with the Phils this season, but ideally, he's in Lehigh Valley for the duration of '11.
Sardinha re-ups: Speaking of depth, Dane Sardinha, who banged three homers in a 13-game trial run with the Phillies in late June / early July, has signed a minor league deal to stay in the organization. He hit .207/.261/.311 with five homers in 242 plate appearances with the IronPigs. In addition, LHP Drew Rundle, C Torre Langley, 2B Keoni Ruth and SS Fidel Hernandez also resigned with the club on minor league deals.
Dye to Phillies? Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports has learned that Jermaine Dye wants to play again and says he has been contacted by the Phillies.