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Report: Philadelphia Phillies Sign Veteran Catcher in MLB Free Agency

Report: Philadelphia Phillies Sign Veteran Catcher in MLB Free Agency

Report: Philadelphia Phillies Sign Veteran Catcher in MLB Free Agency

The Philadelphia Phillies have made a move in free agency as they have reportedly signed veteran catcher and first baseman John Hicks to a minor league deal.

According to Chris Hilburne-Trenkle of Baseball America, the Phillies signed Hicks to the deal on Wednesday.

Hicks isn’t a flashy move, but he could be invited to major league spring training. Over different parts of six MLB seasons, Hicks has slashed .236/.279/.401.

He’s not seen as someone who will replace anyone at his current positions, as JT Realmuto and Garrett Stubbs have the receiver position locked down. Likewise, Rhys Hoskins and Darick Hall are entrenched at first base.

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However, Hicks is a depth move that could provide some insurance if any of the aforementioned four go down with injury. Also, he will be able to serve as a mentor in spring training and potentially in the minor leagues as he gets significant time at the Major League level.

He played a similar role with the Chicago Cubs last season after signing a deal but never seeing time with the MLB club.

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