Florimon Signs Minor League Deal

One week after outrighting Pedro Florimon to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and making him a free agent, the 30-year old re-signed with the Phillies. The new deal is a minor league deal, but will include an invitation to Spring Training where Florimon is expected to battle for a role off the bench with the 2018 Phillies.

Florimon was never known for his offense, but put together good numbers both at Lehigh Valley and in Philadelphia in 2017. With the IronPigs, Florimon produced a slash line of 10-33-.265/.347/.410 in 90 games. With the Phillies, Florimon went 0-6-.348/.388/.478 in 15 games before dislocating his ankle on September 2nd and missing the rest of the season.

Where Florimon excels is defensively. Last season with the IronPigs, he played every position except first base, pitcher and catcher. In Philadelphia, he played primarily in center field, but also played both corner outfield positions, second, third and short.

A product of the Dominican Republic, Florimon turns 31 next month. Florimon has now played all or part of seven seasons in the majors, including playing 134 games with Minnesota in 2013. Overall, he has played 271 games in the majors, hitting 10-68-.209/.269/.308 For Baltimore, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Andres Blanco, who is a free agent, had been the top utility infielder for the Phillies over the past three seasons after also playing for them sparingly in 2014. The 32-year old Blanco has also played in the majors with Royals, Cubs and Rangers. It’s unlikely that the Phillies will re-sign Blanco during the offseason.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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