The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Juan Pierre, the team announced Friday.
Pierre just finished a five-year, $44 million contract, the first three seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the last two with the Chicago White Sox. Last year, Pierre hit .279/.329/.327 with two home runs and 50 RBI in 711 plate appearances. He also stole 27 bases and led the league with 17 times caught stealing.
The deal for the Phillies to sign Pierre seems unusual, as he is a left-handed hitter and corner outfielder, just like Laynce Nix. Pierre is first among active players with 554 stolen bases, and he has led the league in steals on three occasions. Pierre has also led the league in times caught stealing seven times, including each of the last two seasons.
Pierre is a .296 career hitter with six teams in 12 seasons.