Phillies Sign Ronnie Belliard

The Phillies have signed infielder Ronnie Belliard to a minor league contract, tweets Todd Zolecki of

Belliard, released by the Yankees on Monday, will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to Zolecki. Presumably, the move was made for injury insurance at the infield positions, where the Phils are thin between second baseman Chase Utley being shelved and third baseman Placido Polanco coming off offseason elbow surgery.

Yesterday, the Phillies released Luis Castillo, eliminating him from contention for the second-base gig. So, it looks like the Phils will go with Wilson Valdez as the starter there for now.

Belliard, 35, hit .216/.295/.327 in 185 plate appearances for the Dodgers last year, playing first, second and third.

28 Responses to Phillies Sign Ronnie Belliard Leave a Reply

  1. Karsch 4 years ago

    Just who we need Luis Castillo 2.0

    • “Luis Castillo 2.0″? Given their respective frames, this is a pretty solid setup for a Belliard-is-fat joke. I guess it’s good on us for letting it go.

      Though if I’d had a good one…

    • Isn’t the second version supposed to be an improvement over the predecessor?

  2. yankswin28 4 years ago

    Oh, look, the Phillies are picking from the Yankees’ scrap heap… for at least the 6th time in 3 years.

  3. When does Jose Vidro get a shot??

    • Karsch 4 years ago

      We have a while to go Junior Spivey’s up next.

      • Then Fernando Vina, then Mark Grudzielanek.

        • ellisburks 4 years ago

          Where is Steve Jeltz in all of this?

          • ellisburks 4 years ago

            And wow, I could have just read the post below me. I am sorry Gru, you beat me to it.

  4. TheGuvnr 4 years ago

    Maybe Steve Jeltz is interested in a comeback?

  5. Tadahito Iguchi!!

  6. Twinkilling61 4 years ago

    How could you guys put all of them ahead of Bret Boone?

  7. DeliciousCake 4 years ago

    Since it’s a minor league deal, I don’t mind this move too much. If nothing else, he offers more power than Castillo.

    On a side note, having one of fattest second basemen in baseball will make for some easy punchlines.

    • JohnKruksWaistline 4 years ago

      It’ll be hard for hitters to take it up the middle when they’ve got so little room to use.

  8. KeithLawSucksInStl 4 years ago

    The Phillies competing with the Yankees for the best team of 2005?

  9. Where is Bo Hart when you need him

  10. HairScissors 4 years ago

    people its only a minor league contract…. Its not like he will take up any space on the roster….

    • Jason Klinger 4 years ago

      Good thing. Because the guy does take up a lot of space.

      See what I did there?

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