The Phillies have reportedly agreed with veteran infielder Trevor Plouffe on a minor league deal. The 31-year old Plouffe had signed a minor league deal with Texas in late March and played in four games with Triple-A Round Rock hitting .273 (3-for-11) prior to exercising an opt-out clause in his contract.
Plouffe played in the majors last season with Oakland and Tampa Bay hitting a combined .198 in 100 games. In his major league career, he has 105 home runs and is a career .242 hitter in over 800 games in the majors.
The Twins drafted Plouffe with the 20th overall pick in the 2004 Draft and he played for Minnesota over all or part of seven seasons, hitting 96 home runs as a member of the Twins.
It’s likely that Plouffe will serve as some insurance if the Phillies should need another infielder at the major league level, although they do have Jesmuel Valentin waiting in the wings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Current Lehigh Valley third baseman Mitch Walding is hitting 2-6-.268/.388/.446 in 16 games with the IronPigs and isn’t likely to lose much playing time to Plouffe.
While primarily a third baseman, Plouffe has played every other infield position and both corner outfield positions.