The Phillies signed Pat Misch and Kevin Frandsen to minor league contracts.
Misch is a left-handed pitcher that has seen time with the Giants and Mets over the years (2006-2011). In 6 MLB seasons he's put together an ugly 4-15 record with a 4.80 ERA/1.42 WHIP spanning 200.2 IP in 78 appearances. And before you get the idea that he might be a cheap option for second lefty in the bullpen behind Antonio Bastardo, guess again. Just like Raul Valdes, Misch has worse splits against lefties than righties. This is why he's a future Iron Pig and not a Phillie.
Frandsen was in the Phils organization last year and did get an endorsement from this blog to be promoted over in place of Michael Martinez, but that was before he was suspended 50 games for Ritalin. He's a career .243/.636 hitter over 5 MLB seasons with the Giants and Angels (2006-2010). Last year in the minors he hit .309/.791 at age 29 while playing 2nd/3rd/SS/1st. I still like him better than Martinez.
*Scott Mathieson has been released. Rumor has it that he'll be pitching for an Asian team next year. The 27 year old Canadian compiled a 1-4 record with a 6.75 ERA in 44 IP for the Phillies in parts of 3 seasons.
*Scott Podsednik is back next year on a minor league deal. The speedy 35 year old outfielder ended the year in the Phils organization (.254/.735 in a minors in 2011). Last played in the Majors in 2010, batting .297/.724 between the Royals and Dodgers. He's good depth should the Phils non-tender Ben Francisco and one of the starting outfielders gets hurt.