The Phillies have attained the services of an old friend, in name only. Tyler Greene, the former 1st round pick of the Cardinals, has joined the ranks on a minor league contract. Tyler Green, the former 1st round pick of the Phillies, is still having nightmares of walking batters and serving up homeruns in retirement.
Greene with a third "e" is 31 years old and can play all over the diamond. His primary position is shortstop, but he's capable of playing 3rd, 2nd, and OF. Over 5 seasons with the Cardinals, Astros, and White Sox he's hit .224/.645 with 17 HR and 28 SB in 288 games. He's past prospect stage and it's highly doubtful he'll be a late bloomer. In other words, organizational depth. In 9 minor league seasons he's batted .273/.786 with 99 HR and 161 SB.
Now onto more pressing news...the Phillies and Brewers are in "serious talks" about Jonathan Papelbon. I'm in favor of a trade because a crap team with a high priced closer is bogus. The Phils will likely have to kick in some money to help offset Papelbon's exorbitant contract. However, they should get an alright return. The facts- Papelbon is a douche. Papelbon remains an elite closer. Papelbon was the best relief pitcher in the NL in 2014 according to WAR (2.8). Papelbon is owed $13M this year with a vesting option of the same for 2016 if he finishes 48 games.