The Phillies announced today they've signed eight players to minor league deals with spring training invites: righty Scott Elarton, infielder Kevin Frandsen, catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, lefty Pat Misch, infielder Pete Orr, outfielder Scott Podsednik, righty Brian Sanches, and lefty Raul Valdes. The signings of Podsednik, Misch, Frandsen, and Orr were reported previously.
Sanches, 33, posted a 3.94 ERA, 7.7 K/9, 5.3 BB/9, 1.02 HR/9, and 33.9% groundball rate for the Marlins in 61 2/3 innings this year. He was outrighted by the Marlins in October. If the soft-tosser does find his way to the Phillies' 40-man roster and succeeds, they can retain him in future seasons as an arbitration-eligible player.
Valdes, a 34-year-old Cuban, tossed 12 innings for the Cardinals and Yankees this year and another 63 2/3 at Double and Triple-A. He's posted fine strikeout and walk rates in the high minors in recent years.
Elarton, 35, pitched parts of ten seasons in the Majors...