The Phillies have signed infielder Adam Rosales to a minor league contract, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (Twitter link). The veteran utilityman will earn a $1.75MM base salary if he makes the roster and will be in Major League camp this spring. He’s represented by Hilliard Sports Management.
The 34-year-old Rosales (35 in May) split the 2017 campaign between the Athletics and Diamondbacks, batting a combined .225/.260/.353 with seven homers in 312 plate appearances. While that clearly marked a rough season for the versatile Rosales, he’s just a year removed from a considerably more heartening .229/.319/.495 slash and a career-best 13 home runs (through just 248 plate appearances) with the Padres.
Rosales can play all four infield positions, having logged more than 550 innings at each of first base, second base, third base and shortstop in a decade-long MLB career. A right-handed hitter, Rosales’ career OPS is nearly 100 points higher when facing left-handed pitching, and he was especially effective with the platoon advantage in the aforementioned 2016 campaign, posting an .843 OPS with six homers in 115 PAs against southpaws.
The Phillies don’t have a clearly defined utility infielder at present, so Rosales will head to the camp and compete with prospect Jesmuel Valentin and fellow non-roster invitee Pedro Florimon for a bench job.