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Phillies Add Enright, Richardson



The Phillies announced a pair of minor league signings this weekend. The Phillies inked 27-year old, 6’3″ starter Barry Enright to a minor league deal. Enright 12.96 ERA in four appearances for the Los Angeles Angels last season and a 7.12 ERA in 22 starts in Triple-A Salt Lake. Enright went 6-7 in 17 starts with a 3.91 ERA in 2010 with the Arizona Diamondbacks but has struggled to see consistent Major League time since.

The Phillies also signed Hilton Richardson, a 6’3″ lefty outfielder who has not played professional baseball since 2011. Richardson, 25, last played for the Single-A Rome Braves in 2011, hitting .218/.295/.303 with 2 HR and 2 SB. Richardson was a seventh round draft choice in 2007 of the Kansas City Royals. Richardson has previously shown flashes of super speed, stealing 22 bags in 2009 and 33 bags in 2010.



  1. Dave B

    February 3, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Why Why are we spending money on guys who are not proven players . We need PITCHING. Go after Bronson get him in a phillies uniform .

  2. Dave B

    February 3, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Get pitching . Go after Bronson or AJ stop spending money on no body’s .

    • schmenkman

      February 3, 2014 at 8:09 am

      These are minor league signings to fill out the Lehigh Valley roster. Arroyo is a Kendrick clone, but Burnett could be a nice addition.

      • Hank

        February 3, 2014 at 9:50 am

        We have guys on our major league squad that could fill out the Lehigh Valley roster.

  3. George

    February 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I get disgusted with all the griping about depth signings. There’s not a team out there that doesn’t sign similar players to fill out the minor leagues. A simple daily check of MLB Trade Rumors would verify that.

    And yes, there are guys on the major league roster that could help with the minors, and at least 15 of them will wind up there. The roster is 40; the team leaves camp with 25.

    As far as Burnett goes, I’ve read that the Phils are in contention to sign him. If you think Amaro is too stupid to realize that the team needs pityching depth, then you aren’t paying attention to any of his statements, and you haven’t read any of the rumors about Burnett.

    • Lefty

      February 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      George, meet wall – wall m….

      But thanks for the effort anyway.

      • George

        February 3, 2014 at 7:39 pm

        Not the first wall I’ve dealt with, and probably not the last. When I start seeing double and get a ringing in my ears, then maybe I’ll quit my efforts.

        I don’t think I’ve ever actually knocked a wall down, but I have made some sizable cracks in them every once in a while.

    • wbramh

      February 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      An injury to Hamels or Lee could make this team a 50-game winner unless Howard and Rollins can return to some ghost of a semblance of 2009 form. Conversely, adding a solid #3 or 4 to the rotation could keep them above .500 even Rollins and Howard don’t play another game. Galvis can play short and there are options at first between Ruf, JMJ and the intriguing young Franco (and at least two of the three can hit left-handed pitching).

      There’s something to be said for getting a last year or two or three out of the right aging players, guys who are not expecting giant dollars or long-term contracts. They might just give the team time to replenish the minor league system while not allowing the team to stink too badly in the interim. The team isn’t going to contend until the next wave of Howards, Utleys and Rollins’ and Hamels’ come up through the system but I’d rather see them stock up on tough old birds (not necessarily Byrds) like Burnett (even Arroyo) than the MiniMarts, Wells’ and McDonalds that were part of last year’s team. I’d would have even settled for another year of the now retired Michael Young if necessary (it isn’t) before collecting another set of lousy emergency pickups. And who knows, maybe Byrd will surprise me and have two career years in a row (if that’s technically possible). In the meantime, the most effective thing the front office can do (IMHO) to insure a return to greatness is upgrade their scouting department and front office evaluators. Those first round draft choices that are sure to come also have to be the right choices.

      Signing AJ Burnett wouldn’t help the Phillies score more than 3 runs a game but if they sign him and he goes 6-5 for the season with the support he’s likely not to get, that would likely qualify him as a legitimate #3.

  4. Steve

    February 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    What are we doing! Address the issues we have and lets go, we are signing scrubs!

  5. The Dipsy

    February 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    George – People are griping because this organization is a mess right now…top to bottom.

    • schmenkman

      February 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      They have a top 5 payroll and the 14th best farm system in the game — things could be worse. There is griping, and then there is reflexively yipping about every single thing, whether it makes sense to do so or not.

    • George

      February 3, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      I disagree. People are griping because they have no sense of proportion. You can’t fix deep rooted problems overnight, and you can’t fix them by throwing money at every overpriced free agent out there, and you can’t fix them by trading Mayberry for Trout., and you can’t fix them by eating big contracts. So “fans” should just shut up and be happy Amaro is saving ownership’s resources for a time when improvements can actually be made.

      When people ever realize a few of these things, maybe they won’t complain about the kind of signings that not only Amaro, but Mozeliak, Cashman, and every other G.M make in order to keep their systems going. I( doubt they’ll egver realize anything, though.

  6. Jay Floyd

    February 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Richardson pulled a Kyrell Hudson after a lack of minor lg success and tried college football for a while.

    • Nicole

      February 23, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      i’m not going to badmouth your post at all. But I do want to point out that Michael Jordan left basketball to play baseball. It didn’t work out so he went back and played basketball and was uber successeful even after leaving and coming back. Also, another fact to be noted, Russell Wilson is the 2014 SUPERBOWL CHAMPION QUARTERBACK and is doing baseball spring training with the Rangers. So if a young talented, athletic man wants to try his luck at different sports to decide where he fits in best and is most useful, why put that down. I understand baseball fans that say the teams spend to much money on “nobody’s” given minor league contracts,but where do you thing the “next big thing” is gonna come from? When the current “big thing” is old and washed up and consistantly on the DL, these younger guys are the ones going to be called up.

    • Sportsmama

      February 23, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      He played Football in College because his Father the NCAA Basketball Ref would NEVER allow him to Play Football ! He was offered wide receiver and quarterback for 10 years…Speed and Strength.. His one way to

    • Travis

      March 2, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      excuse me. Hilton played in the minors until he got injured and decided to go to college. He then walked on to a TOP TEN college football team after not playing a single season of football in his life. He played until he hyper extended his knee. He recovered from surgery while coaching high school baseball (my team) and now that he is healthy he is getting back into baseball.

  7. The Dipsy

    February 4, 2014 at 8:08 am

    We should just shut up and be happy? That makes sense.

  8. George

    February 4, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Dipsy, if you’re referencing my comments, you’ve read them wrong. I never said “shut up and be happy,” and saying I did is just more proof of what I HAVE BEEN SAYING.

    There is absolutely no sense of proportion when people such as yourself constantly complain about minor moves and further gri[pe when someone pouints out that those moves have nothing to do with the current situation, nor can possibly make that situation worse.

    I can see the complaining that nothing seems to be happening and that fans will complain (rightfully) about that. One of my points is that there aren’t any moves that can realisically be made, anyway. So what I can’t really can’t see is the bitching and moaning about tiny little moves that are mainly aimed at filling the minor leagues or simply having enough subs around in spring training for intrasqaud and split squad contests. A large percentage of these signings won’t get through late March, so in my opinion are not worth the vitriol being hurled at them or the front office. Who the hell should really care if a no talent player is signed to play catch with the regulars? Who the hell should really care if a no talent player is signed to play catch with the regulars? If an Enright doesn’t sign with the Phils, it’s not as if he won’t be signed by someone. Look at MLB trade rumors. The Phils aren’t the only team handing out jobs to washouts.

    • Will

      February 6, 2014 at 10:07 am

      The Phillies ARE a washout. I’m guessing most of you guys are too young to remember all the years before this run when the Phillies sucked…year after year after year. Every offseason we could look forward to them signing guys like Marlon Byrd and Fausto Carmona. They put the profits in their pockets and the rest of the world be damned. The last two seasons have brought us back to those days unfortunately.

      • schmenkman

        February 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

        Will, I don’t know how old you are but speaking for myself, but over the last 40 years (i.e. over most of my lifetime) only 7 of the other 29 teams have a better record than the Phillies.

        Of course there have been ups and downs, but overall it would be tough for me to complain. I don’t expect too much this year, but they still have a top 5 payroll and I expect that to continue, unlike where they were in the 80s and 90s.

  9. Chuck

    February 6, 2014 at 10:11 am

    My prediction is that the Phillies will go 66-96 this year. They got good seasons out of Lee and Hamels and still lost 89 games last year. Howard’s career is most likely over. A big man at 34 years of age, coming off of two major injuries? Don’t expect much. If everything goes right for this team they will go 81-81 and that’s a big IF.

  10. Chuck

    February 6, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Shmenkman…Did you see the poll at on who would you want to play RF? Byrd or Ruff? 80% chose Ruff. Shows once again what a buffoon Amaro is. Ruff will not only hit 25-30 hrs but he’s 10 years younger and makes almost 7 million less. Amaro is like OBama. OBama works against the will of the people and so does Amaro.

    • schmenkman

      February 6, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Forgive me if I don’t trust the readership in this case. That’s a funny thing to point to as “evidence” that Amaro is a buffoon — surely we can do better than that.

      • Dave

        February 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

        I think we’ve made it pretty clear over the years that Amaro is a buffoon! In addition to what Chuck said, Ruf showed a good eye at the plate…his OBP is just what this team needs. His arm is solid for the outfield. He just needs to play a bit more. We survived with Burrell and Luzinski in LF for years.

      • schmenkman

        February 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm

        I’ll refer you to one report on Ruf:

        and this one:

        …including this gem:
        “Third, this is not just the Phillies internal scouts. There is literally no one other than Phillies fans and fantasy baseball players who think Ruf will have ANY meaningful contribution to the Phillies. At best he is a bench bat. That is the CEILING.”

        There are many reasons to argue that Amaro is a buffoon. But his lack of enthusiasm for Ruf is the least of those reasons.

        • photoFred

          February 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm

          Fair enough but there is still this: Darin Ruf has yet to prove he can’t hit in the bigs.

  11. Dave

    February 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    That’s a good article that backs up Chuck’s point. It’s too early to give up on him.

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