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Phillies sign Josh Fields to minor league contract

Nov 23, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

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Former first-round pick and one-time top prospect Josh Fields has signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies.

Once upon a time Fields was the White Sox’s third baseman of the future, but after smacking 23 homers in 100 games as a rookie in 2007 he hit just .228 with 10 homers and a .649 OPS in his next 106 games.

Fields is 29 years old now and spent last season at Triple-A in the Dodgers’ farm system, hitting .288 with 13 homers and an .880 OPS in 133 games. Those numbers look solid, but they’re not very impressive for a non-prospect playing in the extremely hitter-friendly environment in Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.

Fields has experience in the corner infield and corner outfield spots, so he’ll compete for a bench gig during spring training.

  1. snowbirdgothic - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    After spending way too much time reading the “fiscal cliff” comment threads and then seeing this, I’d humbly like to propose that third base secede from the Phillies.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      It’s felt like the bats seceded since 2010…

    • Charles Gates - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      Ryan Howard’s contract is Obama in this metaphor, right?

      • snowbirdgothic - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        I’d go more Cliff Lee – guy goes out and tries to do his job, gets hamstrung by the folks on the other side (the offense, making Ryan Howard and Chase Utley the Dick Lugars and Olympia Snowes of this particular scenario) and a few ineffective folks who are supposed to be supporting him (Chad Qualls = Rahm Emmanuel?) while being pilloried by an over-the-top media (WIP, standing in for Fox News) driven by an audience base that doesn’t understand anything below overly simplified metrics that don’t necessarily tell the whole story. (W-L record = straight up-and-down quoting of deficit figures).

        Then again, Old Gator could probably phrase that in a more elegant, Charles Pierce-ian way than I ever could, but I expect he’s huddled up somewhere with Michael Westen and Sam Axe plotting some sort of convoluted scam to frighten Jeffrey Loria into selling the Marlins to a neighborhood free clinic proprietor.

      • cur68 - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        How Cliff Lee didn’t assault Qualls to death is beyond me. Hat’s off to Cliff for not strangling the bastard and thus going to jail for ever and ever.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Josh Fields sounds like the name of a kid who might have been in my bunk at sleepaway camp.

    • xmatt0926x - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      1972, I’m not sure what to make of that comment….

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:56 PM

        Nor do I about yours. Josh Fields sounds like a kid whose Bar Mitzvah is next Saturday. Not a Major Leaguer. Got it?

  3. chris728 - Nov 23, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Sorry to break this to all Phil’s fans…Howard, Utley and Rollins got their money, they are now officially done. Never to see an All Star game, a .280 BA or top 10 OPS again. We Phans will now be served a steady diet of DL trips, wasted at bats and 400 strike out ( combined ) seasons.

    I completely understand the Marlins philosophy. Sell quickly!!!

  4. bigmeechy74 - Nov 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    I’ll always be pulling for this guy after he led the cowboys to victory in Norman in 2001 and ruined the gooners season and then came back in 2002 and led OSU to a blowout victory over OU in 2002. Fields to Woods…. TOUCHDOWN! PISTOLS FIRING! HERE COMES BULLET! ORANGE…. POWER….ORANGE….POWER!!!!!!!!!!! BEDLAM TOMORROW BTW!!!!

  5. mophatici - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Las Vegas is not the triple a team for the dodgers. it hasn’t been for about a decade. the triple a team is in an even more hitter friendly city of Albuquerque.

  6. mophatici - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    actually, it’s been more than a decade. in fact Vegas was only a farm team for the dodgers for about 5 to 7 years in between stays in Albuquerque. And yes, it is in America.

  7. ncphilliesguy - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    I saw Fields play several years in AAA and was impressed. Clearly not an All-Star, but he had quality major leaguer written all over him. I’m surprised he has never stuck, maybe the Phils got lucky here.

  8. phillyphannn83 - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    so snowbirdgothic thinks Philly fans judge our teams based on W/L records because that’s the only thing we understand?? Last time I checked, were always criticized for booing our teams and being unhappy with them even when they have a winning record. Somebody clearly doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      I’m sorry, your defense against being fair-weather fans is that you have a reputation for being haters?

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