Phillies sign Juan Pierre to minor-league contract

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UPDATE: It’s a done deal.

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Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Philadelphia has had “serious discussions” with Juan Pierre, which might frighten Phillies fans if not for the fact that he says they talked about a minor-league deal.

Pierre has been an everyday player for the past decade and got 711 plate appearances for the White Sox last season, but he hit just .279 with a .329 on-base percentage and .327 slugging percentage, posting a sub-.700 OPS for the fourth time in five years.

He remains an asset defensively in left field, but is no longer one in center field and was thrown out on 17 of 44 steal attempts, so presumably every team has realized that Pierre is no longer a starting-caliber player. In a bench role, however, he could still bring some positive value to the table.

Of course, Domonic Brown may feel differently.