Right-hander Zach Miner, a former draft pick of the Braves and veteran farmhand with Detroit, has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, according to a FoxSports tweet.
Minor league free agents were all the rage last season, both around the league and in Philadelphia where Erik Kratz, Kevin Frandsen, Raul Valdes and Juan Pierre prospered after receiving non-guaranteed deals. The Phils have been more sluggish than usual at announcing their non-roster spring invitees. Miner, 30, will join the ranks of those vying for one of the few openings on the Phillies' roster. No longer used as a starter, Miner appeared in 23 games with Triple-A Toledo (Detroit) last season and pitched to a 2.50 ERA in 36 relief innings. In parts of four seasons with the Tigers, spanning 2006-09 and marking the last time he's appeared in the Show, he's 25-20 with a 4.24 ERA and 217/145 K/BB, most of his work coming in relief.
Winter leagues: If you include likely Opening Day backup catcher Humberto Quintero, 25 percent of the Phillies' 40-man roster played fall and winter league ball this season. While Darin Ruf called it quits a few weeks ago, there are the usual stragglers. Infielder Freddy Galvis is having perhaps the most complete campaign, hitting .298/.351/.449 over 192 plate appearances. Meanwhile, Rule 5 addition Ender Inciarte has picked it up and is hitting .242/.300/.308. For a full spread of Phillies winter league participants, click here.