Aaron Rowand just got a text from Tyler Walker saying he's just been signed by the Phillies. Apparently it's a minor-league deal because Walker said he is reporting to Clearwater, Fla. Walker was released by Seattle at the end of spring training.
Walker, 33 in May, posted a 4.56 ERA in 53.3 innings last year with a 8.3 K/9. He had something of a roller coaster season, alternating between good and bad months for the Giants. Since Walker has less than five years service time, the Phillies could potentially retain him in 2010 as an arbitration-eligible player.