Tuesday, January 3, 2006
Catcher Phillips, Blue Jays agree to minor-league deal
TORONTO -- Jason Phillips and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed Tuesday to a minor-league contract, and the catcher was invited to spring training.
Phillips hit .239 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season but then became a free agent when the Dodgers failed to offer a contract by the Dec. 20 deadline. He spent his first four major-league seasons with the New York Mets and is a career .254 hitter.
If added to the 40-man roster, Phillips would get a contract paying him $550,000 in the majors and $90,000 in the minors. He could also earn $50,000 in performance bonuses based on games.