Monday, February 16, 2009

Cairo will Fight for Spot

It's not the sexy move, but the team signed Miguel Cairo to a minor league contract, giving him an opportunity to earn a spot on the team during Spring Training, and giving the Phillies another possible insurance policy should Chase Utley not be good to go in April.

Cairo is a solid utility player who has spent time with seven different teams, compiling a career .266 batting average. He does not figure to be the solution to the team's search for a right handed bat off the bench, with just 27 career home runs in 13 seasons in MLB. He is a very solid defensive player that has played pretty much everywhere but pitcher and catcher, and can put the ball in play and get on base. He figures to compete with Marcus Giles and prospect Jason Donald as Utley's replacement, should be need one. All three players will have a difficult time making the big-league club if Utley is healthy, as the Phillies would prefer a right handed bat with more power to come off the bench.

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