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Adam Rosales Inks Minor League Deal With Phillies

Adam Rosales Inks Minor League Deal With Phillies

Adam Rosales on July 1, 2014. | Wikimedia Commons/Keith Allison

The Phillies has officially signed Adam Rosales to a Minor League contract.

On Jan. 31, USA Today Sportss Major League Baseball columnist Bob Nightengale confirmed that the Phillies have signed Rosales to a Minor League contract. Aside from being invited to major-league spring training, he is set to earn $1.75 million one he makes Philadelphia's Opening Day roster. Rosales is represented by Hilliard Sports Management.

Reports note that after trading Freddy Galvis, Philadelphia was in desperate need of middle-infield depth. The team also let Andres Blanco be a free agent and did not replace Howie Kendrick following his trade to the Nationals in late July.

Scott Kingery, a highly-regarded second base prospect, will likely be major-league ready by midseason. However, the Phillies just have two middle infielders right now: Cesar Hernandez and J.P. Crawford.

Hernandez can fill in at short notice if needed even though he is coming off a career year at second. Meanwhile, Crawford hit .214/.356/.300 out of his first 87 major-league plate appearances in the last season. It's also worth noting that he was an inconsistent hitter in the minor league.

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Rosales has the capacity to play all four infield positions. In his decade-long career in the MLB, he has logged over 550 innings at each of first base, second base, third base and shortstop. He is a right-handed hitter and his career OPS is almost 100 points higher each time he is matched with left-handed pitching.

In addition, he proved to be an effective player with the platoon advantage in the 2016 campaign — posting an .843 OPS in 115 PAs against southpaws. Rosales will possibly head to the camp since the Phillies do not have a clearly defined utility infielder right now.

It is reported that he will be competing for a bench job with prospect Jesmuel Valentin, alongside fellow non-roster invitee Pedro Florimon.

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