Phillies Sign Juan Pierre to Minor League Deal

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 22: Juan Pierre #1 of the Chicago White Sox hits a two RBI single during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 22, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

11:33AM EST: Pierre has now agreed to terms with the Phillies, according to Jim Salisbury.

11:07AM EST: The Philadelphia Phillies are nearing a deal to sign free agent outfielder Juan Pierre (that's John Peter to you plebes) to a minor league contract, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN and confirmed by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.

Pierre, 34, is a career .296 / .345 / .363 hitter (read: hits for average, walks a little, Tickle-Me-Elmo has more power) but has seen that drop to the .275s over the past couple seasons. He's been remarkably durable, playing 152+ games in nine of his twelve seasons.

  • Twitter / @JSalisburyCSN - "Phillies not done with bench? Source says they have had "serious discussions" with free agent OF Juan Pierre on minor-league deal"
  • Twitter / @JonHeymanCBS - "juan pierre likely to sign with phils (as @JSalisburyCSN 1st said suggested). expected to be minor-league deal"
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