Outfielder returns to Philly on 1-year deal

Originally Published: January 12, 2004
Associated Press

Philadelphia Phillies: Outfielder Doug Glanville agreed Monday to a $550,000, one-year contract with Philadelphia.

Glanville, who played for the Phillies from 1998 to 2002, batted .272 with four homers and 14 RBI last season with Texas, then was dealt to the Cubs on July 30. He hit .235 with one homer and two RBI in 28 games with Chicago.

He pinch hit in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series and tripled in the go-ahead run as the Cubs won 5-4.

Glanville, 33, finished his first stint with the Phillies with a .280 batting average, 47 homers, 258 RBI and 135 stolen bases. In 1999, he became the first Philadelphia player to top 200 hits since Pete Rose in 1979.

Glanville made $4 million with the Phillies in 2002, but lost his starting job after struggling at the plate. He left the team as a free agent.

His 225-game errorless streak is the second-longest among major league outfielders. He made his major league debut in 1996.

New York Yankees: Tony Clark agreed Monday to a $750,000, one-year contract with the New York Yankees and will be the backup to first baseman Jason Giambi, who had left knee surgery following last season.

Clark had 254 at-bats with the New York Mets last season, batting .232 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI.

"I am extremely excited," Clark said. "It's the opportunity to be busy beyond September. I've got eight years under my belt and I have not played in the postseason."

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Giambi is 100 percent following his operation. New York needed a new backup after trading Nick Johnson to Montreal in the deal that brought right-hander Javier Vazquez to the Yankees.

"He's got full range and flexibility but he'll need time off along the way," Cashman said. "We'll need to have an alternate which, prior to this signing, we didn't have."

Clark can make an additional $150,000 in bonuses based on plate appearances: $25,000 for 350 and each additional 25 plate appearances up to 475.

To make room for Clark on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated infielder Fernando Seguignol for assignment.

Cincinnati Reds: John Vander Wal, who has developed into one of baseball's most productive pinch hitters, agreed to a $700,000, one-year contract with the Reds on Monday.

Vander Wal, 37, led the majors with three grand slams last season for the Milwaukee Brewers. The Reds were looking for a backup outfielder and pinch hitter.

Vander Wal hit .257 with 14 homers and 45 RBI in 117 games last season, when he had a base salary of $550,000.

A third-round draft pick in 1987, Vander Wall has played for Montreal, Colorado, San Diego, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, the New York Yankees and the Brewers. The 13-year veteran has 125 career pinch hits, fifth on the career list, and 17 pinch homers, third on the career list.

Cleveland Indians: Right-hander David Riske and Cleveland agreed to a $1,025,000, one-year contract.

Riske, 27, went 2-2 with a 2.29 ERA and eight saves in a career-high 68 relief appearances last season.

In addition to his salary, he can earn $50,000 in performance bonuses: $5,000 each for 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 games and for 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 games finished.

The Indians also agreed to a minor league contract with infielder Lou Merloni, who was invited to spring training.

Merloni, 32, spent most of last season with San Diego, where he hit .272 with one home run and 17 RBI in 65 games. He was traded to Boston on Aug. 28, and hit .233 in 15 games with the Red Sox. Merloni became a free agent after Boston failed to offer a contract by the Dec. 20 deadline.

Atlanta Braves: Closer John Smoltz has resumed throwing and expects to be ready for spring training after surgery on his right elbow.

Smoltz, who had surgery to clear scar tissue from his elbow in October, began light throwing last week and told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is playing catch from 90 to 100 feet without pain.

"I don't think I'm going to miss anything," Smoltz said of spring training, which begins Feb. 20.

Smoltz said he plans to see doctors one more time before going to spring training "to make sure everything's OK."

Smoltz, 36, has undergone three previous operations on his elbow, including "Tommy John" reconstructive surgery in 2000.

  • Longtime Braves broadcaster Skip Caray told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he has more energy since having a pacemaker installed about six weeks ago to correct a slow heartbeat.

    Caray, who is 64, said that he feels better and that the only downside is a tendency to trigger the metal detectors in airports.

    Pittsburgh Pirates: Right-hander Kris Benson, coming off his second consecutive injury-shortened season, plans to throw off a mound for the first time in six months at the Pirates' minicamp this week in Bradenton, Fla.

    Manager Lloyd McClendon began holding the five-day camp in 2001 to judge how his pitchers' offseason workout programs were going.

    Benson missed the 2001 season and six weeks of the 2002 season following reconstructive elbow surgery, then pitched only once after the All-Star break last season because of an injured right shoulder. He resumed throwing only a month ago.

    The right-hander won his first two starts last season before finishing finished 5-9 with a 4.97 ERA in 18 games. The No. 1 pick in the 1996 amateur draft is 35-41 with a 4.27 ERA in 106 career games.

    Colorado Rockies: Pitchers Jeff Fassero and Vladimir Nunez, and catcher Hector Ortiz signed minor league contracts Monday.

    Fassero would get a $500,000, one-year contract if he's added to the roster. He would have the chance to earn $25,000 bonuses for 18, 21, 24 and 27 starts, and 50, 55, 60 and 65 appearances.

    The 41-year-old left-hander spent last season with St. Louis, making six starts and 55 relief appearances. During more than 12 years in the major leagues, Fassero compiled a 113-108 record and 4.00 ERA in 621 games. Originally selected by the Cardinals in the 22nd round of the 1984 June amateur draft, the lefty has pitched in the majors with Montreal, Seattle, Texas, Boston, the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis.

    Nunez, 28, opened 2003 in Florida's bullpen, but spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, posting a 4.76 ERA in 46 games.

    Since making his major league debut on Sept. 11, 1998 with Arizona, Nunez has pitched in 208 big league games and posted a 4.68 ERA with 21 saves.

    Ortiz, 34, was originally selected by the Dodgers in the 35th round of 1988 amateur draft. He made his major league debut on Sept. 26, 1988, with Kansas City and has a .288 career average in 93 games.

    Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Third baseman Fernando Tatis and pitchers Mike Holtz and Todd Jones were among seven players who agreed Monday to minor league contracts . Catcher Mitch Meluskey, right-hander Carlos Reyes, left-hander Al Reyes and third baseman Jared Sandberg also reached agreements.

    Tatis, who hit a career-high 34 homers for St. Louis in 1999, batted .194 with two home runs and 15 RBI for the Montreal Expos before missing the final 3 months of last season with inflammation in his chest wall.

    The 28-year-old infielder would get a $750,000, one-year contract if he makes the 40-man roster and could more than double that amount in performance bonuses.

    Holtz pitched all of last season for Triple-A Nashville, going 3-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 45 relief appearances. He has pitched in 350 major league games, all in relief, for the Angels, Athletics and Padres, posting a 16-20 record with three saves and a 4.68 ERA.

    The left-hander would receive a split contract if he's added to the roster calling for a $405,000 salary in the majors and $125,000 in the minors. He could make $105,000 in bonuses based on games.

    Jones has pitched all or part of the last 11 years in the major leagues with Houston, Detroit, Minnesota, Colorado and Boston. He split last season between the Rockies and Red Sox, going a combined 3-5 with a 7.07 ERA in 59 appearances.

    An All-Star with the Tigers in 2000, Jones has 184 career saves. He would get a $450,000, one-year deal if he's added to the roster and would have the chance to make $300,000 more in bonuses.

    Meluskey played for five clubs in 2003, finishing the season with the Houston Astros. Al Reyes split last season between the Yankees and Triple-A Columbus, while Carlos Reyes pitched for the Devil Rays and Triple-A Durham. Carlos Reyes would get a $400,000, one-year deal if he is added to the roster.

    Sandberg split last season between Tampa Bay and Durham, hitting .213 for the Devil Rays in 55 games with six homers and 23 RBI.

    Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press