Phillies sign potential bat off the bench, still eying others


The Phillies had a busy day of transactions on Wednesday.

A week before the start of spring training, the Phils officially signed shortstop Didi Gregorius, traded away pitcher Johan Quezada and added veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler on a minor-league deal.

The Phils also added veteran outfielder Matt Joyce on a minor-league contract. The well-traveled 36-year-old corner outfielder, a left-handed hitter, will try to make the club as a reserve player in spring training.

"He's a guy that has played that type of role," president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. "He's a threat to come off the bench."

Joyce has played for eight clubs in a 13-year career. He hit .252 with two homers, 14 RBIs and a .682 OPS in 148 plate appearances for the Marlins last season. Joyce had a strong season for Atlanta in 2019. He hit .295 with seven homers, 23 RBIs and a .858 OPS in 238 plate appearances.

Over the last three seasons, Joyce has hit .240 with seven doubles, three homers and nine RBIs in 104 pinch-hit at-bats.

Even after adding Joyce as a bench candidate, Dombrowski indicated that the club was continuing "to talk to maybe a couple of people that maybe could help us in infield capacities." According to sources, the Phils have shown interest in free agents Marwin Gonzalez and Brad Miller, two players who fit that description.

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