The Philadelphia Phillies have re-signed right-handed reliever Shawn Camp to a minor league contract, according to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. This news comes a little over a week after the Phillies DFA’d Camp and he opted for free agency rather than signing a minor league contract. Boy, what a difference a week makes.
Camp has 11 years big league experience. The Phillies signed him to a minor league contract back in November. They purchased that contract in late April and brought him up for some bullpen help. In just three games this season, he’s sporting a 5.40 ERA over just 3.1 innings pitched. He has a stunning 2.1 WHIP this season.
The past couple of seasons have not been kind to Camp. He spent last season with the Chicago Cubs. In 26 game and 23 innings, he posted a 7.04 ERA. Given that he’s 38 years old, he may have to accept that his remaining time in the big leagues is either over or going to be very limited. Putting his tail between his legs after refusing a Triple-A assignment may mean that he’s realizing that. You can’t fault the guy for trying to get a big league contract elsewhere, though.
Camp will likely be assigned back to the Phillies Triple-A team, where he posted a 3.00 ERA in his five games this season with them.