Nate Robertson, 33, appeared in two games with the Phillies late in 2010 and was released after he was shelled with six runs in less than an inning against Florida on Sept. 8.
Robertson, who started 18 games for the Marlins (6-8, 5.47 ERA) and also spent time with the Cardinals' Triple-A team in Memphis, signed a minor league pact with the Phillies on Aug. 24 and was called up for bullpen support two weeks later. After he was bombed by Florida, the Phillies wasted little time by cutting him the next day. Proving that even horrible lefties last forever, the Mariners have invited him to spring training. Also of note, the Mariners signed Jody Gerut to a minor deal, a versatile outfielder I wouldn't have minded as minor league insurance for Shane Victorino. … On a related front, the Diamondbacks signed utility infielder Cody Ransom to a minor league deal this week. Ransom appeared in 22 games and went 8-for-42 (.190) with a pair of home runs for the Phils, including a game-tying blast in the Phillies' July 9 comeback thriller against the Reds. In 443 plate appearances with the IronPigs, he hit .261/.333/.467 with 18 homers, getting the call when Chase Utley and Placido Polanco went on the shelf. Ransom, 34, joins Lehigh Valley teammate Andy Tracy, who signed with the D-Backs earlier this winter and was also invited to camp this week. … And speaking of the Phillies' bench, Mike Sweeney tells ESPN's Jayson Stark that he hopes to play next season and is holding out for a Major League deal. The Phillies would reportedly have interest, but only on a minor league flier. Sweeney went 12-52 (.231) with two homers and two-hundred hugs in his brief lovefest with the Phils. Stark sees San Diego as a fit for Sweeney as a platoon partner with Brad Hawpe.
MLB notes: For the sake of discussion, here are some noteworthy signings from around the league: Former Phil Nick Punto decided on St. Louis; the Mets landed Chris Young and Scott Hairston this week; the Rays have agreed to deals with outfielders Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez; the Jays traded Vernon Wells to the Angels for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera; Vlad Guerrero may eventually go to Baltimore, but nothing is imminent. Finally, there has been no movement on the Greg Dobbs and Chad Durbin front, although with all the free agent shuffling that happened this week, Durbin could have a clearer picture of where he'll pitch and how much he'll earn very soon.