Philadelphia Phillies Release Joe Mather
The Philadelphia Phillies have cut ties with outfielder Joe Mather on March 9 after the team signed him to a minor-league contract earlier this year.
Mather has spent four seasons in Major League Baseball, with his most experienced year coming with the Chicago Cubs in 2012. The 30-year old batted .209 with five home runs, 19 RBIs, 11 doubles, 14 walks and five stolen bases in 225 at-bats with the team.
One of the reasons the Phillies decided to give Mather a chance in Spring Training is because of his versatility on defense. He suited up at all three outfield positions as well as first base and second base with the Cubs. It is a rarity for a player to have success defensively at multiple different positions, and Philadelphia believed it could work out.
Unfortunately, Mather simply does not have enough success at the plate in order to garner a roster spot. Left fielder Domonic Brown, outfielder John Mayberry Jr. and right fielder Laynce Nix were all ahead of the Mather on the Phillies depth chart.
Brown is projected to be the starting left fielder, while Mayberry can back up at all three positions. Nix is on the fence, but could see time in right field depending on how long it takes Delmon Young to recover from his injury.
Mather has had a decent amount of success in the minors over the past few years and I guarantee someone will give him a chance before spring is over, considering what he is capable of on defense.