The Phillies on Monday announced two minor signings.
First, they agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Eric Fryer. The 32-year-old has spent parts of seven seasons with Pittsburgh, Minnesota and, most recently, St. Louis. He carries a .232/.320/.300 slash with two career home runs.
The contract includes an invite to spring training; he could compete for a backup role, especially if the Phils move one of Cameron Rupp or Andrew Knapp this offseason.
Meanwhile the Phils also signed pitcher Ryan Etsell to a minor league contract. Etsell spent three years in the Angels organization before being released in December 2016. He then joined the Evansville Otters of independent ball’s Frontier League, showing a 2.42 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 10 walks in five games.
Oh! I’m burying the lede here. Some of you may actually know Ryan Etsell – he’s from Northeast Philly and went to North Catholic. Remember North Catholic? It existed once.