Phillies Set Their Roster

The Phillies added Miguel Cairo to the 25-man roster today, presumably ending the club's search for a right-handed reserve player.  David Murphy of the Philadelphia Inquirer has a short review of that hunt:

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has spent a lot of time looking for ways to upgrade the bench, particularly late in spring training. There was the highly-publicized flirtation with Gary Sheffield. There was the hope that Andruw Jones would fail to win a roster spot with the Rangers. Earlier in the offseason, there was an attempted wooing of Nomar Garciaparra.

But in the Phillies situation, it proved difficult to convince the type of player they hoped to attract to sign with the team. Sheffield, Garciaparra, Jones, Ty Wigginton — all signed with teams where the opportunity for playing time was far greater than the Phillies could guarantee.

Cairo, 34, hit .249/.316/.330 with 23 RBI in 221 at-bats for Seattle last season.  He hasn't gone yard in over 900 plate appearances, but should make for a versatile option in the infield.


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