Mike Olt is too young to be a designated hitter, apparently

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One would think that you want to use your DH slot to get your best available bat in the game. Ron Washington thinks differently.  After talking about working with rookie Mike Olt on his defense, he had this to say about using him when he’s not playing third base:

The skipper said he doesn’t want to use Olt as a designated hitter at this point.

“He’s too young to DH,” Washington said.

Yeah, you need to at least 35 to be a good DH. Just ask Michael Young and his .271/.297/.348 line. You can’t replace that with a young guy.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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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.