Phils sign Matt Tolbert to minor league deal

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The Phillies are making sure that they have infield insurance this season. Their latest move is to sign Matt Tolbert - formerly of the Minnesota Twins - to a minor league deal.

Matt Tolbert played in the majors in four straight seasons with the Minnesota Twins (2008-2011), but spent last season at Triple-A Iowa after signing with the Cubs as a free agent in January of 2012.

Now, the utility infielder, who has also played in the outfield in the minors, has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies. The deal does not include an invitation to spring training, so Tolbert is most likely to start the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

In his time in the majors, Tolbert has a career line of 3-54-.230/.288/.319 in 247 games with the Twins. Last season at Iowa, Tolbert hit .240 in 113 games.

In addition to Tolbert, Lehigh Valley is likely to have Andres Blanco, Yuniesky Betancourt, Michael Martinez and Pete Orr available for their middle infield positions. All of those players have major league experience.

Matt Tolbert's career stats

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2008 Minnesota 41 113 18 32 6 3 0 6 7 1 7 19 .283 .322 .389
2009 Minnesota 71 198 28 46 7 1 2 19 6 2 21 37 .232 .303 .308
2010 Minnesota 48 87 8 20 4 3 1 18 1 1 9 18 .230 .293 .379
2011 Minnesota 87 207 22 41 10 2 0 11 3 2 11 31 .198 .252 .266
4 Years 247 605 76 139 27 9 3 54 17 6 48 105 .230 .288 .319
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/7/2013.


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