Juan Pierre to the Phillies on a Minor League Deal

by kelly on January 27, 2012

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to sign free agent outfielder Juan Pierre to a minor league deal, multiple sources have reported on Twitter.

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Once considered one of the best young leadoff hitters in baseball, Pierre most recently played for the Chicago White Sox where he had a triple slash of .279/.329/.327. He swiped 27 bases but also got caught a league-leading 17 times.

Even if his starting days are behind him, the 34-year-old outfielder could be a nice weapon off the bench for the Phillies in the late innings, as a pinch runner, pinch hitter, or defensive replacement. He has 2,020 hits inĀ  his career and is the career active stolen bases leader with 554.

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