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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Phillies Notes: Philadelphia signs Tony Gwynn Jr. to a minor league deal

By on 1/08/2014 03:30:00 PM

Keeper of the legendary namesake and former nightmare of Trevor Hoffman's slumber, Tony Gwynn Jr. has reached an agreement on a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. As first reported by Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the contract is believed to contain an invitation to spring training though official confirmation is pending.
Now 31-years old, the left-handed hitting Gwynn spent last season in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization confined to Triple-A Albuquerque in the Pacific Coast League. In 404 plate appearances, the former Brewer hit .297/.386/.381 while stealing 14 bases in 23 attempts. Despite the decent offensive showing in 2013, Gwynn had been designated for assignment the season prior and without a place on the 40-man roster, missed out on the stretch run as he was not realistically considered for a September call-up.

From 2009-2012, Gwynn averaged 118 games a season at the big league level as member of the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers. Largely limited to a bench role, the outfielder has a career batting line of .244/.312/.318 in parts of seven major league seasons.

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