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Phillies sign Matt Tolbert to minor league contract

Feb 6, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

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From Matt Eddy of Baseball America comes word that the Phillies have signed infielder Matt Tolbert to a minor league contract. The deal does not carry an invitation to major league camp, so Tolbert will not be in the running for a spot on the Opening Day roster.

The 30-year-old former 16th-round pick of the Twins spent the entire 2012 season with the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in Iowa, hitting .240/.313/.304 with one home run, nine SBs and 13 RBI in 375 plate appearances.

He hit .198/.252/.266 with no homers, three stolen bases and 13 RBI over 226 plate appearances with Minnesota in 2011.

  1. albertmn - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    He will always give full effort. Seems more like a Kirk Gibson guy. But, he can’t hit a lick.

    • binarymath - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      And he’s in the best shape of his life!

  2. pslvictim - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Is that you Tolbert?!

  3. digbysellers - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    I’m hung over here, my knees are killing me, and if you’re gonna pull this $hit at least say you’re from the Yankees.

  4. greymares - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    welcome to the Lehigh Valley home of the greymares.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      30 years old and 240/.313/.304 at Triple A last year? I see…..I see a future that invloves Reading

      • binarymath - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        So do I – a future that involves “reading” the Transactions page for every team in America, hoping for one last look…

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        Reading the help wanted ad’s

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Now watch the guy become Matt Stairs, and we all are sitting around saying “SHREWD move, RAJ! Knew it all along”

  5. Brian Murphy - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Pitchers and catchers can’t get here fast enough, can they? This post is evidence of that.

  6. trevorb06 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Coming from a Twins fan… Thank you.

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