The Phillies added some outfield depth Friday by signing outfielder Cory Sullivan to a minor-league contract with an invite to minor-league camp. MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki was the first to report the story.
Sullivan, 31, appeared in 57 games for Houston last season, hitting .188/.257/.234 with no homers in 71 plate appearances before he was designated for assignment in late June. Nobody picked him up from there. For his career, Sullivan, a lefty hitter with modest speed but no power, is a .271/.327/.381 hitter in parts of six seasons with the Rockies, Mets and Astros. He's essentially been a Triple-A player since 2007, but is still considered a pretty good gloveman. The Phils had been searching for more outfield depth, particularly in center field, and reportedly reached out to Gary Matthews Jr. recently. Sullivan does offer a bit of versatility, having played in 260 major league games in center field, 78 in left and 19 in right. He is a native of Wexford, Pa.—a suburb of Pittsburgh.
Written for Beerleaguer by Drew Silverman.