Looks like my wish might just come true. On Sunday I suggested the Phillies attempt to sign one of either Juan Pierre or Johnny Damon. Pierre seems to be Amaro's choice, and it's reportedly only a minor league deal.
From Sunday's Blog Post:
"Pierre is nothing more than a singles hitter, but he did lead the American League in stolen bases in 2010 with 68, and swiped 27 last year with the White Sox. His arm is atrocious, so RF is out of the question, but he's capable of manning center and left field a couple times a week. He could serve as Jim Thome's personal pinch-runner, or even pinch-hit himself (career .296 hitter, but now more in the mid .270's range). Career pinch hitting: .311/.753 in 105 plate appearances."
In 12 MLB seasons with the Rockies, Marlins, Cubs, Dodgers, and White Sox, Pierre has hit .296/.708 with 980 R, 2020 H, and 554 SB. For the most part of his career he was a center fielder and a poor one at that. However, since moving to left field in 2008, his defense has become average.
Personally, I love this deal. Juan Pierre on a minor league deal is a steal (pun intended). It's a no-risk move with potential upside. Pierre is one of those pesky players that always seems to collects his hits and swipe bags, something that the Phils could definitely use on their bench.
*Side note- Pierre is the god father of Dontrelle Willis' 3 daughters.