Minor league backstop Dane Sardinha, the Phillies'' third catcher behind Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider for the last two seasons, has signed a minor league deal with Baltimore. [Source]
Sardinha, 32, will be most remembered for banging out three home runs in 39 at bats while filling in for Chooch midway through 2010 while Chooch was recovering from a head injury. He filled in, less successfully, again last season, starting 12 games while Ruiz and Schneider suffered successive injuries, posting a .219/.419/.250 over 43 plate appearances. He saw only sporadic action after his June 24 assignment to the minors and finished the Triple-A season hitting only .140/.238/.172. When September call-ups were announced, the Phillies opted for Erik Kratz instead. The Orioles are his fourth team.
Beerleaguer: Kratz, Tuffy Gosewisch, Steven Lerud and Sebastian Valle (in that order in the chain) will be among the first arrivals as camp opens in just under two weeks. Sardinha is a pretty late signing. Pickings are getting slim. If you're a guy like Sardinha, and you haven't been invited to camp yet, it might be time to start faxing the independent leagues.