The Philadelphia Phillies have finally made what looks to be the first of many signings for their organization this off season. Today, the Phillies signed third baseman Josh Fields to a minor league contract. Yes that’s right, the Phillies signed the same former-first round corner infielder who was drafted by the Chicago White Sox with the 18th overall pick in 2004. He is the same player that hit 23 HR and knocked in 67 runs in 100 games in 2007 for the White Sox, and also is the same player who, after 2007, did not see much playing time in the MLB.
Fields, who will turn 30 next month, has bounced around the league since leaving the White Sox in 2009. He had last played in the major leagues with the Kansas City Royals in 2010. Fields has also spent some time overseas in Japan. Last season he was invited to Spring Training with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fields did play in the United States during the 2012 season but he ended up playing in the minor leagues for the Dodgers’ AAA affiliate Albuquerque Isotopes. Fields was able to play very well in AAA, where he hit .322 with 13 HR and 71 RBI.
Though the signing of Fields does not solve the Phillies problem at the hot corner, it does give GM Ruben Amaro some depth in the system just in case Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis do not work out well. The Phillies still need a power bat at third base. This signing may just be the beginning of many transactions by Amaro this off season.
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