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Odds And Ends: Hollins, Prospects, Zolecki

A few items that got lost in the shuffle:

  • The Phillies signed outfielder Damon Hollins to a minor league contract worth $450K.

Hollins, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2006, when he hit .228 with 13 HR and 33 RBI in a platoon role for the Rays. He’ll likely get an opportunity to prove himself in Spring Training, and end up in Lehigh Valley.

  • Keith Law of ESPN.com rated his top 100 prospects. He had four Phils on his list, including Jason Donald (48), Carlos Carrasco (60), Dominic Brown (84) and Michael Taylor (100).

I’m surprised he rated Donald over Carrasco, who he has said hasn’t proved himself post injury (I beg to differ). He also loves Brown and Taylor. And he doesn’t have Lou Marson here, though he was rated on MiLB.com’s Top 100. Law has said to be more of a Travis d’Arnaud fan. Frankly, I disagree with Marson — his power will come; the rest of the game is there.

  • Todd Zolecki is reportedly moving to MLB.com in February, leaving his post at the Inquirer as beat writer.

Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003 and has been one of my favorites. With MLB.com he’ll take the Ken Mandel post (I don’t get how they laid off Mandel and others, only to bring someone new in for his post), writing and blogging about the Phils. So he’ll still be around.



  1. Justin

    January 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I may be mistaken but didn’t Damon Hollins play in the MLB this past season with the White Sox because wasn’t he playing Left Field with Quentin on the DL. I’m fairly certain i remember him playing in the playoffs for the White Sox this past season. Never the less a decent signing that can play all 3 OF positions if anyone gets injured.

  2. Tim Malcolm

    January 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    No, Hollins spent all of 2008 in the Pacific League under Kansas City control. I don’t know who you’re thinking of.

  3. Justin

    January 24, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    It was DeWayne Wise, I apologize

  4. Julian

    January 24, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I am not too worried with the rankings of our prospects. I know that Marson, Donald, and Carrasco will prove themselves in the majors in the very near future.

  5. maxhole

    January 24, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    maybe you should apply for his job.


    January 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Hollis is an aging player with no upside potential. He will not be out the IronPigs outfielders Mayberry, Thompson, Ruan, Slayden with Cervenak utility.


    January 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    He is in the surplus to requirements pile with Ellison and Walker

  8. Geoff

    January 24, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    The Phillies actually are interested in Wigginton, which would be a nice surprise if they could actually convince him to take less money and less PT when feliz is healthy.

  9. Bruce

    January 25, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Geoff, it would be a feather in Amaro’s cap if somehow he is able to convince Wiggington to be a part time utility player for the team. However, to be realistic, Wigginton had good numbers last season for Houston. He is likely to expect MORE playing time and a multi-yr contract that pay MORE than $5 million he received last season.

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