Miguel Cairo Rumors

Reds Sign Miguel Cairo

The Reds signed infielder Miguel Cairo to a minor league deal, reports John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.  Cairo, 36 in May, played briefly for the Phillies last year and hit .287/.325/.392 for their Triple A club.  He's capable of playing all around the diamond.

Odds & Ends: Phillies, Hendrickson, Sheets, Brewers, Hinske

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Phillies Free Agent Notes

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki runs down the Phillies offseason, looking at how the club is planning to improve coming off back-to-back World Series appearances. Here's some highlights:

  • The Phillies are looking to upgrade at third base, as we've heard before. Chone Figgins figures to be too expensive for their liking, and they'll look for a shorter, more affordable contract. Zolecki names the same possibilities we heard earlier in the week: Adrian Beltre, Mark DeRosa, and Placido Polanco.
  • Philadelphia has interest in Fernando Rodney, but it may not be mutual, as Rodney likely would prefer a team with whom he can close. As Zolecki writes, that is "not an option" in Philly.
  • The Phillies have seven impending free agents: Paul Bako, Miguel Cairo, Scott Eyre, Pedro Feliz, Pedro Martinez, Chan Ho Park, Matt Stairs, and Jack Taschner. Zolecki says Park and Eyre are the two most likely to return, with Ruben Amaro Jr. already having contacted Park's agent.
  • Bako's return hasn't been ruled out, but Amaro has said that he's seeking a backup catcher. Feliz is in a similar situation, with his return not being ruled out but the team looking to upgrade.
  • If Stairs returns, it will be on a minor league contract. Taschner and Martinez are not expected to return.
  • The futures for Eric Bruntlett, Clay Condrey, and Tyler Walker are in question.

Miguel Cairo Designated For Assignment

According to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, the Phillies designated infielder Miguel Cairo for assignment to make room for tomorrow's starter, Andrew Carpenter.  Cairo, 35, had two hits in 16 plate appearances for the Phils this year.  They'd signed him to a minor league deal on February 15th.

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.

Phillies Sign Cairo

Scott Lauber reports that the Phillies have signed Miguel Cairo to a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training.

Cairo, 34, hit .249/.316/.330 last year for the Mariners. He can serve as a back-up at nearly any position the Phillies could need if he makes the team. Cairo saw time at all four infield positions, left field, and right field in 2008.

Odds and Ends: Mantei, Foulke, Cairo, Guardado

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