According to Mandy Housenick of the Morning Call, former Mets backstop Brian Schneider has signed a two-year deal with the Phillies. The 33-year old catcher grew up a Phillies fan and although he struggled with the stick a season ago, he’s one of the better defensive catchers in baseball.
Terms of the contract are not yet known. Chris Coste joined the Mets yesterday and now a former Met catcher joins the Phillies. Isn’t baseball such a wonderful sport. This is a pretty good under-the-radar signing by Ruben Amaro, sealing up a very capable backup, provided he stays healthy.
UPDATE (3:20pm): The Phillies are currently looking at John Smoltz, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN. Smoltz, now 42, had a rejuvenation of sorts in St. Louis after an awful start with Boston in 2009. He may be better suited in a bullpen role at his age.
UPDATE (4:00 pm): The Schneider deal is worth just under $3 million according to Andy Martino of the Inquirer.