Acccording to Todd Zolecki of Phillies.com, the Phillies have made a last-minute deal for an infielder, signing veteran Ronnie Belliard to a minor league deal.
Belliard, who was recently released by the Yankees, joins (among several others) Pete Orr, Michael Martinez, Delwyn Young, and more recently, Luis Castillo and Kevin Fransden as infield inventory added by the Phillies in recent months. Belliard, who will turn 36 next week and bats from the right side, hit .216/.295/.327 with 2 homers in 185 plate appearances for the Dodgers last season. The 13-year veteran was an All-Star with the Indians in 2004 and owns a career line of .273/.338/.414 over 15 seasons with six clubs.
According to Baseball Prospectus' recent annual, Belliard “turned in a particularly abysmal 11-for-66 performance against lefties (in 2010) despite a career spent mostly mashing against them.” For his career, he's been a formidable .279/.357/.459 hitter against southpaws. The guide also points out Belliard’s rotund physique, saying “once the Dodgers cut him loose in early September, he joined Augustus Gloop and Pablo Sandoval on a “Lost Weekend” fudge binge.”
Belliard and his belly will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. - Written for Beerleaguer by Drew Silverman