Canzler elected free agency on Friday. Canzler was in the mix for a roster spot with the Phillies last spring, but failed to win a job and never got a shot in the majors during the regular season. He hit .274/.333/.416 with 10 home runs in 394 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies have optioned catcher Rene Garcia and infielders Russ Canzler and Cord Phelps to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Garcia hit .158 with one double in 19 plate appearances this spring. Canzler hit .267 with two doubles and four RBI in 45 plate appearances in spring training while Phelps hit .311 with one home run and six RBI in 45 at-bats.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday outfielder Domonic Brown is likely to open the season on the disabled list, per MLB.com. Brown has been sidelined since leaving a March 19 spring game due to Achillies tendinitis. With Brown sidelined, Amaro said the top candidates to replace him in right field are Brian Bogusevic, Jordan Danks, Jeff Francoeur and Russ Canzler. Odubel Herrera is expected to start in center field and Ben Revere in left field for Philadelphia.
The Phillies announced Thursday they signed Andres Blanco, Brian Bogusevic, Russ Canzler, Chase d'Arnaud, Jeff Francoeur, John Hester, Darin Mastroianni and Xavier Paul to minor-league contracts. All eight players received invites to attend spring training as non-roster invitees.
The Phillies have signed well-traveled third baseman/outfielder Russ Canzler to a minor league deal. He had been released last week by the Yankees. The 28-year-old Canzler, who has a reputation as a good-hit, no-field prospect, didn't hit all that well this season for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. He managed a stat line of .263/.332/.389.