Hot Stove: Minor Moves

Phillies Sign a Catcher

Just before the news of Carlos Ruiz‘s 25-game suspension broke, Jim Salisbury Tweeted the Minor League signing of 33-year old Venezuelan catcher Humberto Quintero. Quintero will likely compete for an Opening Day roster spot with fellow catchers Steven Lerud, who cleared waivers earlier this offseason, and Sebastian Valle, who, as a member of the 40-man roster, has a small chance of making the roster out of camp. Quintero is a ten-year Major League veteran with a .234/.267/.323 triple-slash line and 16 career home runs. This signing won’t set the world on fire but Quintero has a reputation for calling good games behind the plate. He’s likely better than Lerud and it appears as Valle would need some more seasoning before hitting the Big Leagues.

Phillies Bring Back Orr

In a second Tweet, Salisbury broke the news that the Phillies have re-signed infielder Pete Orr to a Minor League deal. Orr hit .315/.327/.444 in 57 PA in 2012 for the Phillies. His biggest hit came on April 24, a bases-clearing triple against Josh Collmenter and the Diamondbacks. Orr was a semi-surprise member of the 2011 and 2012 Opening Day rosters but he has become a fixture within the Phillies organization over the last two seasons. Orr will likely start the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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  1. Ken Bland

    November 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I like the way you said Salisbury “broke” the story about Orr resigning. True as that might be, “broke” just seems to go with “big” news. No offense to Orr. Maybe on his next job interview, Salisbury can reply to the question, “what are your strengths?” with “I broke the Orr story. Power to the people right on.

    Okay, enough nonsense. For all the bandied about names people are going nacvk and forth on, ranging from Upton to Hamilton, here’s one we haven’t seen in a while. Ryan Ludwick. Boy, has his name disappeared from the trade rumor circuit. Or better possibility I guess is I’ve just missed it. But with the little attention I’ve detected thrown his way, damn, you’d think he was Jason Bay.

    I know 25 games doesn’t make a season but signing a righty bat now becomes even more of an it would be nice. Not that Kratz is necessarily that big a drop.

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