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Phillies sign Tony Gwynn, Jr. to a minor league deal

Aug 3, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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The Phillies have signed outfielder Tony Gwynn, Jr. to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports. The Phillies had released Gwynn last Monday after having designated him for assignment.

Gwynn, 31, struggled offensively, posting a .163/.281/.204 slash line with three RBI and two stolen bases in 119 plate appearances. Now that the trade deadline has passed, the Phillies remain set in the outfield, so Gwynn will serve as organizational depth.

  1. mungman69 - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Nice move

    • 76ersdoubletank - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      Not really….He has been hideous this year, what’s the point of keeping him at AAA?

  2. mlbfan8898 - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Why? He’s worthless.

    • dan1111 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:15 AM

      He’s being signed as AAA filler. Players like him fill that role all the time; you just don’t hear about it because they don’t have famous names.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:30 AM


        you’re right and I can’t argue that it doesn’t happen all the time.

        but should it? should AAA teams place 31 yr olds (or 30 or 32 yr olds etc…) on the roster that really have already shown they are NOT MLB players?

        I’d rather see a younger player get those at bats, those reps.

        Gwynn’s career OPS + is 72 so he’s well below league average.

      • dan1111 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        @sportsfan18, I agree in principle, but I doubt Gwynn is blocking anyone. Teams need depth at AAA who can step into the big-league team when needed. This is a different need from developing young players. Teams try to move young players up the system according to their development needs. Calling a prospect up to AAA just because they have an open spot is not the best way to manage one’s young talent.

  3. mungman69 - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:51 AM

    dan1111; thank you

  4. eoyguy - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    I guess in this case, the apple did fall a bit far from the tree…

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      …and rolled off a Cliff, into a canyon, through the rapids, down the plains, onto the delta and into the ocean.

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