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Phillies sign Pierre to minor-league deal

Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:33 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 11:54 am
 
By Matt Snyder

Free agent outfielder Juan Pierre has signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies, the club announced Friday.

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The 34-year-old Pierre is a true pro in every sense of the word, but his on-field value at this point isn't much. He hit .279 last season, but he rarely walks and has no power, so his .657 OPS is pretty poor. Plus, he's a corner outfielder now, so the lack of power hurts his value even more. He did steal 27 bases last year, but was caught stealing 17 times.

Pierre is only going to be providing depth for the Phillies, though it's not too much a stretch to see him playing quite a bit at some point. Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence aren't going anywhere, but the left field job belongs to Laynce Nix right now, with John Mayberry the backup. You'd think Domonic Brown would get another look, but if not, Pierre is waiting in the wings.

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Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:55 pm
 

Phillies sign Pierre to minor-league deal

This series of blogs presents it pretty well, I think.  Pierre has always been the kind of guy you didn't want against you, one of the irritating speed guys who doesn't hit .320 but always seems to get the hit, the steal, and the sac fly that plates a run in the late innings.  He's not Shane, but he could always field and if he hits anywhere near .279 as a sub, who wouldn't take that? 
Yeah, Nix is not inked in as anyone's starter, especially with the need for right-handed bats. But in the big picture, what I don't get is the CBS power rankings placing the Phils 7th.  At least they aren't overhyped as a target to win the Series.  Barring injury or age, it all boils down to finally delivering at playoff time before it's too late--unless it already is.  Fingers crossed. 



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:47 pm
 

Phillies sign Pierre to minor-league deal

I am a little surprised he signed with Philadelphia.  I'm also surprised he signed only a minor league contract.  He has been an every day player for the his entire career.  Philly has 4 potential left fielders and at least a couple capable players at 3B.  He'll be facing a lot of competition for playing time. 

Last year was a step backward for him, at least in terms of speed (His main point of value).  Is he washed up or will he rebound this year? Sitting on the Philly bench might not be the best way to prove you can still play. 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:38 pm
 

Phillies sign Pierre to minor-league deal

I'm just happy at this point the Phillies don't have to face Pierre anymore, he was always a pain, as most speed guys are...that being said, stockpile some minor league contracts in case things don't pan out in LF...



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:30 pm
 

Phillies sign Pierre to minor-league deal

Couldn't agree more about the Nix comment. I'm pretty sure it's a battle between Mayberry and Brown for the left field gig.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:48 pm
 

Phillies sign Pierre to minor-league deal

I am a little surprised at the comment that LF belongs to Nix. The man wasn't a regular anyplace in the past. What makes him the regular LF now?
You're not mistaken, john.  Matt Snyder doesn't know the Phillies roster or their depth charts all that well.  John Mayberry goes into Spring Training with the starting LF job to lose.  His showing down the stretch last season earned him the job and Charlie Manuel will put the ball in his court, so to speak.  Laynce Nix is the backup at both corner outfield positions.

Phillie management is fully aware they need pop and consistency from the right side of the plate and Mayberry has better numbers than Nix against both right-handers and left-handers.  Nix is a nice sub who can handle playing full-time in a pinch with a short-term injury to cover for -- but he's not an everyday player or even a platoon player.  Nix can't hit left-handers (.181 in 199 ABs) and isn't great against right-handers (.253 in 1474 ABs).

What I'd like to see is Mayberry hitting 5th behind Howard but that isn't likely knowing Charlie Manuel.  He'll probably find himself in no better than the 6th spot in the lineup.  Manuel will probably take a shot at putting Polanco early in the lineup if he's healthy so that pushes Mayberry further down -- maybe 7th in front of Ruiz.



Since: Feb 12, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:38 pm
 

Phillies sign Pierre to minor-league deal

I am a little surprised at the comment that LF belongs to Nix. The man wasn't a regular anyplace in the past. What makes him the regular LF now?


I think Nix would be surprised by that comment as well.  I don't remember if it was yesterday or the day before but amaro said Dom Brown will be given a shot to win the job away from John Mayberry.  Nix is nothing more than a platoon option who might get 250-300 AB's (more if there are injuries in the outfield).



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:01 pm
 

Phillies sign Pierre to minor-league deal

I am a little surprised at the comment that LF belongs to Nix. The man wasn't a regular anyplace in the past. What makes him the regular LF now?




Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:32 pm
 

Phillies sign Pierre to minor-league deal

It's a good signing as a bench bat. If the bases are loaded or there is a man on third, Pierre can single him in. Pierre has always been albe to swing the bat and get hits. So what he doesn't have power or an arm if you use him as a pinch hitter that doesn't matter. Great minor league signing IMO.



Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:22 pm
 

Phillies sign Pierre to minor-league deal

By the way you said don't pay attention to what happened two years ago and pay attention to last year, that is the dumbest thing I've heard. You pay attention to his whole career and he averages 47 stolen base a year. He had almost 200 hits the past two years, and averages 170 hits a year for his career.

So basically in 2010 you said get rid of Cole Hamels because he was awful in 2009 and you have to ignore 2008 when he was the WS MVP????



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:19 pm
 

Phillies sign Pierre to minor-league deal

Never said anything about hitting or base stealing.


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