Philadelphia Phillies sign Clete Thomas, Cesar Jimenez to minor league deals

Sep 8, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins right fielder Clete Thomas (11) hits the ball during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

While the Philadelphia Phillies are looking to pick up a catcher and have made offered to several key free agents, they picked up a couple players who can provide depth at not only the minor league level but the Major League level as well.

First up the Phillies decided to re-sign left handed pitcher Cesar Jimenez to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Jimenez decided to elect for free agency shortly after he was removed from the 40-man roster in October.

Jimenez pitched in 17 innings of relief for the Phillies this season and posted a 3.71 ERA with 11 strike outs.

They added some depth for their outfield by signing former Minnesota Twin outfielder Clete Thomas. Thomas only hit .214/.290/.307 this season with the Minnesota Twins but has a shot at making the Opening Day roster with a bench role.

Last season this outfield group suffered after losing All-Star Domonic Brown for awhile as they didn’t have much power in that corps of players.

Thomas had four home runs last season and 13 RBI’s with the Twins and has 13 in his career.

Topics: Cesar Jimenez, Clete Thomas, Philadelphia Phillies

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