The Phillies have signed outfielder Tony Gwynn, Jr. to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports. The Phillies had released Gwynn last Monday after having designated him for assignment.
Gwynn, 31, struggled offensively, posting a .163/.281/.204 slash line with three RBI and two stolen bases in 119 plate appearances. Now that the trade deadline has passed, the Phillies remain set in the outfield, so Gwynn will serve as organizational depth.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Tigers agreed to a one-year, $5.25 million with shortstop Jordy Mercer, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.
Mercer, 32, hit .251/.315/.381 with six home runs and 39 RBI in 436 plate appearances for the Pirates last season. His triple-slash line from 2018 is pretty close to his career triple-slash line, so that’s about what the Tigers should expect from him.
Mercer will take over as the full-time shortstop for the Tigers, who lost José Iglesias to free agency. Mercer does have versatility, with the ability to play first, second, and third base as well as the corner outfield in a pinch.