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Pedro Florimon heads list of Phillies' signings

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Pedro Florimon heads list of Phillies' signings

The Phillies on Wednesday announced the signings of 10 players to minor-league contracts. All of the players received non-roster invites to big-league spring training camp, which opens on Feb. 14.

The most notable player on the list is veteran utility man Pedro Florimon, who returns to the organization after spending most of the 2017 season with the Triple A Lehigh Valley club before joining the big club in mid-August.

The Phillies actually signed Florimon early in the offseason, a sign that he's in their plans for the coming season. The 31-year-old played shortstop, second base, third base and all three outfield positions for Lehigh Valley last year, then did the same thing in 15 games with the big club. Florimon went 16 for 46 (.348) with five extra-base hits before going down with a dislocated ankle that ended his season on Sept. 2.

Florimon's versatility gives him a good chance to make the Phillies' opening day roster in the utility role once filled by Andres Blanco. Heck, he could be the opening day second baseman, keeping the position warm for prospect Scott Kingery, if the Phillies were to move Cesar Hernandez in a deal for pitching.

Florimon has also played in the majors with Baltimore, Minnesota and Pittsburgh.

In addition to Florimon, the Phillies re-signed relief pitcher Pedro Beato, infielder Mitch Walding and catcher Logan Moore. All are expected to provide depth in the upper levels of the minors.

The team announced the signing of six players who played in other organizations last season. They include pitcher Steve Geltz, infielders Will Middlebrooks and Heiker Meneses, catcher Eric Fryer, catcher/first baseman/outfielder Matt McBride and outfielder Danny Ortiz.

Phillies sign veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan to minor-league deal

Phillies sign veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan to minor-league deal

The Phillies added another player on a minor-league deal on Wednesday, signing veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan and inviting him to spring training.

Hanigan, 36, spent his first seven seasons with the Reds before spending a year with the Rays and two with the Red Sox. 

He's played sparingly the last two years, hitting .219/.298/.294 in 314 plate appearances with Boston.

But Hanigan has provided value as a backup catcher throughout his career. He has a .345 career on-base percentage, a decent number for a backstop. And he's thrown out 37 percent of base-stealers, nine percent better than the league average.

Hanigan's best run was from 2010-12, when he hit .279 with a .373 OBP for the Reds. But his on-base skills have been slightly overstated given the 37 intentional walks he's been issued as a No. 8 hitter.

Hanigan will provide depth in spring training and could potentially earn a job as Cameron Rupp's backup if he has a strong camp. He'll be battling with fellow non-roster catchers Bryan Holaday, Logan Moore and Chace Numata.

The Phillies also have two catching prospects nearing the majors in Jorge Alfaro and Andrew Knapp. 

Alfaro, who has by far the most upside, is expected to begin the year as a starter in the minors. 

Knapp, now 25 years old, is also a candidate for the Phillies' backup catcher job, with GM Matt Klentak saying this offseason that the backup doesn't necessarily have to be a veteran.