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The Phillies added another candidate for a utility position when they announced the signing of veteran infielder Ronald Torreyes to a minor-league contract on Tuesday. Torreyes, 27, received an invite to major-league spring training camp, where he will audition for a reserve role with the club.

The Phils also made official the signing of catcher Christian Bethancourt to a minor-league deal. He, too, will attend big-league camp.

Torres played in 236 big-league games with the Dodgers, Yankees and Twins over the last five seasons. He saw extensive duty with the Yankees in 2016 and 2017 when Joe Girardi managed that club. Girardi was hired by the Phillies in October.

Over parts of five seasons in the majors, Torreyes has hit .279 with four homers, 57 RBIs and a .308 on-base percentage in 592 at-bats. He plays second base, shortstop and third base.

Torreyes joins Josh Harrison and Phil Gosselin as veteran infielders who will be in camp with the Phils on minor-league deals. All have big-league time and could be in play for a spot with the team as rosters jump from 25 to 26 men in 2020. Previously, the Phils signed outfielders Matt Szczur and Mikie Mahtook to minor-league contracts that included invites to big-league camp.

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