Phillies Sign Ronnie Belliard

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

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.


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28 Comments on "Phillies Sign Ronnie Belliard"


Karsch
4 years 4 months ago

Just who we need Luis Castillo 2.0

4 years 4 months ago

“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…

Tko11
Tko11
4 years 4 months ago

Luis Castillo X 2 = Belliard?

4 years 4 months ago

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

Karsch
4 years 4 months ago

Baby steps

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

Kind of like Windows ME being an improvement over 97.

OrelHershisersSinker
4 years 4 months ago

Kind of like Windows ME being an improvement over 97.

yankswin28
4 years 4 months ago

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

Karsch
4 years 4 months ago

Like who?

piro18
4 years 4 months ago

Dont be angry you couldn’t buy Cliff Lee.

bosox7
4 years 4 months ago

Haha piro so true

4 years 4 months ago

YEAH DON’T BE MAD

MQAB
4 years 4 months ago

eric bruntlett. you’re welcome.

4 years 4 months ago

When does Jose Vidro get a shot??

Karsch
4 years 4 months ago

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

4 years 4 months ago

Then Fernando Vina, then Mark Grudzielanek.

ellisburks
4 years 4 months ago

Where is Steve Jeltz in all of this?

ellisburks
4 years 4 months ago

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

TheGuvnr
4 years 4 months ago

Maybe Steve Jeltz is interested in a comeback?

4 years 4 months ago

Tadahito Iguchi!!

Twinkilling61
4 years 4 months ago

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

DeliciousCake
4 years 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

KeithLawSucksInStl
4 years 4 months ago

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

4 years 4 months ago

Where is Bo Hart when you need him

HairScissors
4 years 4 months ago

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

Jason Klinger
4 years 4 months ago

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

See what I did there?

Tko11
Tko11
4 years 4 months ago

Well that was cheesy,you must be from Wisconsin.