Brian Schneider has signed on to be Carlos Ruiz's backup next season. The Cherryville, PA product grew up a Phillies fan and quickly jumped on the opportunity to play for them instead of waiting out free agency for more playing time and possibly a bigger contract. Schneider is a lifetime .251/.697 hitter in 10 MLB seasons with the Expos/Nationals and most recently the Mets. He endured a horrible 2009 (.218/.627), but injuries contributed to his tailspin. Schneider is a reliable defensive minded catcher, gunning down a superb 38% of base stealers in his career. One nice thing about signing him is that we no longer have to worry about him being a "Phillie killer" as he's hit 6 homeruns and 54 rbi against the Phils in his career (highest against any opposing team).
Now with backup catcher and utility infielder figured out, Rube turns his attention to 3rd base and the bullpen.