The Philadelphia Phillies were busy signing minor-league free agents on Monday. Not only did they sign Yuniesky Betancourt (and upsetting everyone who uses sabermetrics) they added two more free agents to the fold; Joe Mather and Brian Bass.
Mather could be the guy ends up sticking for the Phillies. Mather played all three outfield positions, first base and third base which could really help the Phillies’ bench. Mather only hit .209 with five home runs and 19 RBI. He can help them in AAA by giving them some extra depth. Mather’s career OPS is .628, which by the way, is lower than Betancourt’s. Mather will be in a group with Michael Martinez, Josh Fields and Pete Orr competing for a bench spot or a spot in the minors.
Bass hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010. Bass was in the Houston Astros organization last season, pitching in AAA for them. Bass went 2-5 with a 5.56 ERA. He was in the Phillies organization back in 2011, pitching in AAA Lehigh Valley, going 8-10 with a 3.81 ERA.
Bass is going to be an organizational depth guy. He’s not going to be on the major league roster. The Phillies have enough depth with Tyler Cloyd and Aaron Cook who signed a minor league deal himself. The Phillies could use the extra depth in the rotation in the minors, and they could look to add another pitcher as well. Even if Bass performs well, he could parlay it into a major league spot at the end of spring training.