Update: Schneider Signs with the Phils, Team Eyes Smoltz

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.

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