The Philadelphia Phillies have signed slugger Juan Pierre to a minor league deal which includes an invite to Spring Training, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports.
Pierre who is known for his speed on the base paths played for the White Sox last season and hit .279. He also had a career low (full season numbers) 27 stolen bases but almost matched his career in rbi's (55) with 51.
Pierre made $8.5mm in the last year of a five-year deal he signed with the Dodgers back in November of 2006. He was eventually traded to the White Sox prior to the 2010 season.
Pierre will be competing for a backup outfield spot in Spring Training.
Just like Dan Wheeler's deal with the Indians, the White Sox will not receive compensation for Pierre signing with the Phillies even though he is a Type B free agent because he signed a minor league deal.
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