Jon Heyman tweets that the Phils have agreed to bring back Brian Schneider for a third season, pending the outcome of a physical. Schneider, 34, hit .176/.246/.256 with two homers in 2011 and served as Vance Worley's personal catcher. The terms and length of the deal are unclear at this point. As of last night, Ruben Amaro Jr. was mum on the deal when he spoke with Jim Salisbury at the GM Meetings in Milwaukee. The Phillies' GM also said there have been no new developments in his discussions with Jimmy Rollins' agent Dan Lozano. [Link]
Reader reaction to Schneider: "Schneider was awful last year, but not sure how much you can read into 139 ABs. In 2010, in roughly the same # of ABs, his OPS was .227 points higher. Backups are like relief pitchers. Their stats bounce all over the place and only a moron would make a conclusion based only on a handful of ABs. As for CS percentage, if I recall correctly, Ruiz's was pretty sucky as well. Is it possible Phillies pitchers don't hold runners on very well? Hint: The answer to that question is yes." - clout
Mackanin out of the running for Sox skipper: Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin has reportedly been trimmed from the list of candidates for the Red Sox managerial vacancy. Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach and former Phil Dale Sveum underwent his second interview and is considered the front-runner to land the position. Mackanin, who played parts of nine seasons in the Majors including cups of coffee with the Phillies in 1978 and 1979, has been the Phillies bench coach since 2009.