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Phillies Sign Will Middlebrooks To Minor League Contract

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The Philadelphia Phillies invited 10 players to Spring Training on Wednesday, as eight of them agreed to minor league contracts.

One of the players who signed a deal was third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who went 8 for 38 (.211) with three RBIs for the Texas Rangers this past season.

Middlebrooks, 29, has been a big disappointment since an impressive 2012 rookie outing for the Boston Red Sox. After hitting .288/.325/.509 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs in 267 at-bats that year, he seemed prime to be a solid power bat for years to come; and although Middlebrooks hit just .227 the next year, he hit 17 dingers in 348 at-bats for Boston.

However, in the last four seasons, things have gone drastically downhill for the 6’3” infielder.

From 2014-15, Middlebrooks hit .202 and slugged .317 in 470 at-bats. The second of those two years was with the San Diego Padres, hitting 9 homers with a .241 on-base-percentage in 270 plate appearances. The Red Sox dealt Middlebrooks to San Diego following the 2014 season for light-hitting catcher Ryan Hanigan showing exactly how much they’d given up on him.

And it’s only gotten worse. Way worse! In the last two years, Middlebrooks has recorded just 65 Major League at-bats without a home run, with an awful slash line of .169/.229/.262. Before joining Texas, he was a Milwaukee Brewer, hitting .111 (3 for 27) in 2016.

How could Middlebrook’s performance continue to drop? It doesn’t seem like it possibly can. It’s important to note that he’s hit .270 and slugged .517 the last two years in the minors (565 at-bats), with 33 homers and 113 RBIs- 23 and 64 of them coming this past year for the Round Rock Express before being a September call-up for the Rangers (four extra-base hits despite no homers).

Having found his old power back the last two seasons (eight Minor League homers in 2014-15), Middlebrooks is a good pick-up for the Phillies here, considering their ballpark is perfect for right-handed sluggers.

As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure; and don’t be surprised if Middlebrooks becomes that treasure for the Phillies in 2018.

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Clint Hurdle Retires From Managing

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Longtime manager Clint Hurdle, who was recently dismissed as the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, has announced his retirement from managing.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey, Hurdle, 62, may be done managing but he has spoken with organizations about front-office possibilities.

Along with the Pirates, Hurdle has managed the Colorado Rockies as well.

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Cardinals Re-Sign Adam Wainwright

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The St. Louis Cardinals have re-signed veteran right hander Adam Wainwright, according to an official team announcement.

Wainwright’s new deal is for one-year, but the value of the deal is not currently known.

Wainwright, 38, pitched to the tune of a 4.19 ERA last season.

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Nationals Interested In Josh Donaldson

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Josh Donaldson

The World Series Champion Washington Nationals are looking to improve their championship roster this offseason and have a certain slugger in mind as they gear up for the winter.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Nationals are one of six teams showing early interest in free agent Josh Donaldson.

Along with the Nationals, the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves are all interested in the veteran third baseman.

Donaldson posted a slash line of .259/.379/.521 with 37 home runs last season for the Braves.

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