“I am optimistic that we’re going to be healthy. I’m
optimistic that we are going to compete. I am optimistic about some of
our young players. I think what stands out about this camp is that some
of our young players have come to the front. I think that’s exciting for
the fan base in New York.”
— Omar Minaya, speaking optimistically despite the fact that injuries are once again befalling his team, his starting pitchers don’t appear to be poised to compete and that the young players who are supposed to excite the fan base will be playing in Buffalo and not in Queens this season.
Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.
Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.
Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.