Originally published on January 25, 2010 at 9:59 PM.
Some players from the 2009 Phillies roster made the latest baseball headlines:
- Matt Stairs signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres.
The deal has a major league invitation to spring training. With a weak hitting Padres club, Stairs has a good chance to make the big league roster as a left-handed bat off the bench.
- The Washington Nationals reached a one-year agreement with Tyler Walker.
Walker, 33, pitched well in 35.1 innings with the Phillies in 2009. In July, I was surprised a team like the Nationals, who had a weak bullpen, didn’t take a chance on him when he was designated for assignment by the Phillies. Instead, he stayed in the Phillies system and pitched well down the stretch.
- The Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays are among teams looking at Chan Ho Park.
Park was a huge factor in the Phillies bullpen last season, and it’s a shame the Phillies can’t bring him back. Park mentioned that he wants to start again, but he was more effective in the bullpen last season.
UPDATES: Other former Phillies made Tuesday’s headlines:
(4:30 PM): The New York Yankees acquired former Phillies prospect Greg Golson.
Golson was designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers last week. After being designated for assignment, a team has a certain amount of days to trade the player. The Rangers are trading Golson to the Yankees for Mitch Hilligoss and cash considerations.
(6:10 PM): The Minnesota Twins and Jim Thome agree to terms.
No terms were announced, but the deal is one-year, with incentives.