Phillies acquire OF Chris Snelling from Rays for cash

Updated: November 20, 2007, 8:02 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies acquired outfielder Chris Snelling from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash on Tuesday.

Snelling hit a combined .246 with one home run and seven RBIs in 30 games with Washington and Oakland this year. He missed most of the season with a bruised left knee.

He is a .240 career hitter in the major leagues with six homers and 19 RBIs in 221 at-bats for Seattle, Washington and Oakland. Tampa Bay claimed him off waivers from the Athletics last month.

The 25-year-old Snelling has a .311 career average in the minors with 46 homers in 493 games.

"Chris has always had a great bat, but he has battled some injuries in the past," Philadelphia assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We feel he will be healthy this coming year and adds a left-handed hitter and some depth to our outfield."

The Phillies now have 38 players on their 40-man roster.

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