Brian Schneider will be back for another year as the backup catcher to Carlos Ruiz for the Phillies in 2012.
Schneider, a 12-year vet, passed a physical on Thursday afternoon and agreed to a one-year deal worth 800,000 with incentive that could take it to 1 million. He spent the last two seasons with the Phillies where he has batted .208 in 88 games with six home runs. Last season he batted just .176 with a .246 on-base percentage at the plate, but the team was 27-8 in the games he started.
The 35-year-old catcher worked particularly well with rookie pitcher Vance Worley, who finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting and held opponents to a .214 batting average with Schneider behind the plate. In 40 games as a catcher in 2011, Phillies pitchers held the opposition to a .222 batting average and a 2.85 ERA.
Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the fifth round of the 1995 draft, Schneider went to Northampton Area High School in Lehigh County. He spent the first eight years of his big-league career with the ExposNationals as well as two years with the Mets.