The Phillies have signed third baseman Trevor Plouffe to a minor league deal.
Plouffe, 32, spent last season in the Philadelphia organization and played in seven major league games, going 3 for 12 with a home run. He hit .230 at Triple-A Lehigh Valley with 12 homers, 37 RBIs and a .460 slugging percentage in 73 games. He spent his first seven seasons with the Minnesota Twins and has played for the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers.
Viva organizational depth.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have signed Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez will get a $2 million base salary with $2 million in potential performance bonuses.
Gonzalez was excellent for the Brewers down the stretch last season, posting a 2.13 ERA over his final five regular season starts. While it’s not likely he can replicate that, given how terrible Milwaukee’s rotation has been thus far — they have a 5.74 ERA as a group this season — he can’t hurt.
Not a bad landing pad for a guy who had to settle for a minor league deal with the Yankees before being released over the weekend.