UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Heyman reports that Schneider will make $800,000 next season with the chance at an additional $200,000 with incentives. He doesn’t specify, but we can assume this is strictly a one-year deal.
11:40 AM: Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Phillies have re-signed catcher Brian Schneider, pending a physical.
We learned yesterday that the two sides were close to an agreement. No word on the exact contract terms, but Schneider earned $1.50 million in 2011 in the final year of a two-year, $2.75 million contract.
Schneider, who turns 35 later this month, batted .176/.246/.256 with two homers, nine RBI and a .502 OPS over 139 plate appearances this season while throwing out a career-low 13 percent (3-for-23) of would-be basestealers. He’ll serve as Carlos Ruiz’s seldom-used backup again in 2012.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.