Phillies Sign Schneider

Tonight may bring with it the deadline for free agent arbitration tenders, but the Phillies needed not to wait in order to ink their man. Brian Schneider spent the past two seasons with the Mets, struggling with multiple injuries that would be especially detrimental to catchers (i.e. back and knee), and as a result not being ranked by Elias. Regardless of such concerns, the Phillies completed a two-year deal with Carlos Ruiz’ new back-up and the contract will call for Schneider to earn $1.25M this season and $1.5M next.

Schneider isn’t much of a batter. Over the last three seasons he’s collected 1,055 plate appearances and a .672 OPS. His best offensive ability – perhaps the only – is that he’ll draw some walks when he plays. He’s no Gregg Zaun, though. Defensively, our very own Matt Klaasen found that Schneider was one of the dozen best at the catching aspects we can quantify. He’s especially good at preventing wild pitches and blocking potential passed balls.

Schneider should be worth his money, although the injuries make the inclusion of a second year a wee bit questionable on the Phils’ part.

Coincidentally, a former Phillies reserve catcher has landed with the Mets. Chris Coste, best known for his book about being an elder rookie, signed a contract with the Mets yesterday. It seems a bit early to give a 40-man spot to someone who appears to be a pretty common commodity, but Omar Minaya also agreed to give Alex Cora an annual $2M contract rather than spending that on potentially useful minor league depth or draft picks.




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  1. hk says:

    RJ,

    Change the title. It’s the Phillies that signed Schneider. Schneider produced a career low .233 BABIP. If he can get that back up closer to his career numbers, this contract should be okay for the Phillies.

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  2. title fail says:

    Nice title LOL

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  3. EricG says:

    Nice job with the title.

    Schneider seems like a good 2nd catcher… and the ability to block wild pitches/prevent passed balls would be especially useful for Brad Lidge and his slider. Ruiz isn’t much of a hitter himself (his career wOBA is only .011 higher) and given the strength of the Phils lineup, they can afford to have an offensive black hole at catcher in order to get a better defender behind the backstop.

    I like the move, just from a spite perspective: the Mets sign Coste, so naturally the Phils go out and sign Schneider. Gotta love the NL East rivalries…

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    • Coste Fail says:

      Moreover, Coste was quoted as saying “It’s the last team I ever saw myself playing for” after signing with the mets AND “It it wasn’t my choice to leave Philly,” Coste said. “I never wanted to leave Philadelphia, I will always consider myself a Phillie.”

      Coste=fail

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      • Steve says:

        it’s not his fault, he is probably not looking forward to the sprained wrist and torn hamstring that is mandatory upon being added to the Mets’ 40 man.

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    • schmenkman says:

      Ruiz had a .972 OPS for the 3 months from Aug 1 through Nov 4. It was a nice extended surge — I would love to see another 3 months of that in 2010, even if it’s offset by another 3 months of .650 OPS ineptitude.

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  4. Dave says:

    I don’t mind the second year of the deal because the 2011 catchers pool is full of everyday starting catchers or complete slop.

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  5. neuter_your_dogma says:

    Schneider >> Bako.

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