Phillies Sign Wilkerson

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, February 23, 2010 05:55 PM | Comments: 80

The Phillies signed Brad Wilkerson to a Minor League contract. The move was a minor addition, as the outfielder and first baseman did not receive an invite to spring training.

Wilkerson last appeared in the Major Leagues in 2008, but previously played with the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2009.  He went 1-for-9, then decided to retire.  In a Brett Favre type decision, Wilkerson changed his mind.

Wilkerson is a career .247 hitter, but was a Phillies killer throughout his eight year career, especially during his time with the Montreal Expos.  Wilkerson hit for the cycle twice in his career, including his 2005 cycle against the Phillies.

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  • Posts: 0 Scotch Man

    I’m beating Beer Man to the punch! I give this signing a C!

  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    The rest of the MLB is sure envious tonight!

  • Posts: 0 sh291

    I remeber when he would kill us back in his Expos days

  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    I don’t know what we can reasonably expect out of this signing, but if Wilkerson has any talent left in him…he could potentially be an okay bench hitter to have. While .247 BA is hardly anything that great, it’s still a lot better than some of the other guys we’ve had passing as bench players like Bruntlett and now Castro.

  • Posts: 0 MikeMc26

    I was at the game where he hit for the cycle; i’m a die hard Phils fan but it was cool to see in person. Anyway, the dude would always rake against the Phils so maybe karma can come back around and Wilkerson can contribute for us somewhere this season.

  • Posts: 0 mikemike


  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    The must have looked at the minor league roster and noticed that they had a roster spot open for the bench at Lehigh, what a joke.

  • Posts: 0 D_Bloc

    People are acting like this is an Adam Eaton signing. It’s back page news.

    So its really a joke to even call this signing “a joke”. Are you mad Rubin didn’t overpay for an aging Jermain Dye?

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    why is this a bad deal ? ? ?

    That fact that people are judging this singing at all is the “joke”

    you need to have players on your minor league teams, right?? So they went with a veteran.. who either doesn’t play well . . and it doesn’t matter


    he plays well, and gives them an option for a replacement if anyone gets hurt.. or a bench player later in the season, etc. . .

    Jermaine Dye isn’t a National League player . . . that was the dumbest idea on this blog all year. And I usually find THE DIPSY pretty knowledgable, and very amusing . .

    People juding this against the move to get Juan Castro . . . . do you have ANY idea what “positions” and/or “roles” are ? …. you forgot that every team likes to have a 25th man, that can play solid defense at numerous positions . .

    come on people, you’re better than this

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Don…you took the words right out of me. WHO CARES ABOUT A GRADE!!!

    It’s silly to be grading ANY move…but especially this one. The guy probably won’t see major leagie action at all…BUT…he’s there “just in case

    Is that so bad?? If you absolutely just HAD to grade this… then grade it an A+….for nothing else but a CHEAP insurance policy.

  • Posts: 0 Wine Man

    Don M, Excuse me but which MLB teams have you been a GM for???

    (Crickets chirping)

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    “Two HardBalls” … its a fantasy league

  • Posts: 0 George

    And excuse me, Wine Man, which MLB teams have YOU been a GM for?

    (Pot calling the kettle black)

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    my little coffee-fueled rant was really directed towards the likes of “mikemike” . . .and not on this sepcific post “Just Curious”, etc

    guys that never have anything positive to say about any Phillies moves. . .the fact that anyone has anything NEGATIVE to say about acquiring an extra player for the minor league system, is ridiculous (they didn’t invite him to Spring Training, so its not like they are counting on him to contribute this year)

    Guys like them probably didn’t like the extensions given to Blanton or Victorino either.. WHAT WAS RUBEN THINKING?. . . and grading those deals a “C” or something

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    How can an insurance policy signing such as this be bad?

    Did you want them to go out and sign an All Star to sit in Trip A?

    For real people? Come on now.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Yeah, I just don’t get it. That’s what this is…AN INSURANCE POLICY.

    Funny thing is Wilkerson will probably be called up at some point….win a game for us….and EVERYBODY will be on the guy’s bandwagon….and praising Ruben as a genious.

    Mark my words.

  • Posts: 0 Gaze_NJ

    Just seems like a waste of time and money (albeit very little money) to me. With Andy Tracy, Cody Ransom, and a host of other 30ish year olds floating around the farm, do we really need ANOTHER insurance policy?

  • Posts: 0 Chuck


    So “curling” ISN’T an waste of time??

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    So nobody on this board would approve of Ruben signing Jermaine Dye for….$750K? Would that be a bad move? Is Gload out of options can anyone tell me?

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    You think Jermaine Dye would rather take $750 K than just retire ???

    I said before.. i think Francisco is more valuable to our team than Dye would be.. and i think that Mayberry is terrible, so Dye would be an improvement, but you would run into the same “LACK OF PLAYING TIME = LACK OF PRODUCTION” problem..

    and if the lists are correct . . . I would rather have either Rocco Baldelli, or Ryan Freel over Jermaine Dye . . . but I wish we would stop talking about things that won’t happen

  • Posts: 0 Chuck


    And I’m glad Ross Gload is here.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    I would rather have those two guys also.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    And how do you really feel about Gload??

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Hasn’t the Phillies problem at the AAA level been a distinct lack of players with serious major league experience and not having more than a couple of serious prospects at one time. The fact Wilkerson isn’t going to the major league camp means he’ll be with the kids mentoring them and that’s nothing but good.

    Why would any NL team wanting to contend want Jermaine Dye right now? If Geoff Jenkins made a terrible 4th outfielder who couldn’t get a job after he was cut how is Dye going to help you as a part-time player when you have 3 outfielders you want to give 150 starts??

    And Gload is a VERY good signing if he can do near what he did last year.

    You have to have role players, how many games have the Phils lost in the past couple of years waiting for something to happen as the bullpen cracks after being put in tough innings too many nights of a week…

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Jermaine Dye for $750k… I want some of what he’s smoking.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I hope they get creative, and give him a cool nickname like “G- Load” …

    but on a serious note . . . I think there should be in right field

    the “J-DUB FAN CLUB”

  • Posts: 0 Gaze_NJ

    Assuming you’re talking about the link to my twitter account… watching curling is a waste of time too. The only difference is that I’m not trying to build a major league baseball team while watching curling.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Because good GMs…of major league baseball teams…watch curling?


    Gotta get something onto signs in right field about Werth’s beard….assuming he still has it by the time the regular season starts.

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Unless you are Wilkinson’s parents, a pretty low interest story, but it does bring back memories.

    I’m probably in the minority, but I like the ratings, mainly the process of reviewing the player and the deal. While there are a lot of angry rants, some of the comments also bring up a comparable or other option that I didn’t consider. I usually get something on each post that gets me to look deeper or grab more information. Another thing – I consider a “C” as average. Ruben is still pretty new at the job, I wouldn’t expect him to get all A’s, nor do I think that is necessarily a good long term model.

    One thing that greatly impresses me is that Ruben is following the Gillick mode of win-win deals. You may be able to rape a team once, but that will kill your future bargaining position. Same with players – avoid arbitration, maybe pay a little more than you have to, but wind up with a guy with a positive attitude, build good relationships. Strictly from the deal standpoint (which is subjective), I think the Polanco was a C- signing, but a good move, handled quickly, made us a better team, and PP will run through a wall for the Phils. If it doesn’t quite work out, it isn’t going to hamper the organization much (not like he signed a 10yr, 250M contract). I’m happy PP is here. Overall, I think the Phils offseason deals make them better this year, and keep them in the mix for the next few. Ruben gets a solid B (couldn’t resist another rating).

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    my whole point is that you can’t grade a deal BEFORE they even begin their work

    Polanco has a shot of hitting .300, scoring 100 runs, etc. . Any or Each of the next 3 seasons . . but we’re giving him a grade already. .

    Ibanez’s deal at the time would’ve been given a crappy grade.. but he played GREAT last season

    the Lidge extension would’ve been given an A+ . . .but now it will suck paying him $12+ Million next year . . unless, of course, he rights the ship and becomes one baseball’s best Closers again

    you just have to let these things play out before you can accurately judge any of the deals . . because only then can you tell if you OVER PAID = F . . . UNDER PAID = A . . .or got it JUST RIGHT = C

    I understand we need things to talk about, and i guess for that reason, the “grades” etc.. are good . . . . but the fact that people are grading Polanco before he steps onto the field, or into the lineup , isn’t a smart move by the fanbase . . let him play it out, and then we can look back and judge the deal

    Lets talk about Ryan Madson .. what the F was up with him last year?

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Madson was great until he had to start closing, just wasn’t the same guy in set-up duty after that.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Here we go again with the Beerman bashing…

    The great part about opinions and predictions is that you’re allowed to have them… as crazy as they may be. It may seem stupid for you to grade a deal before the player steps on the field but I like it. In context, you can analyze the market and determine that we overpaid or underpaid… that doesn’t mean that we think the player won’t perform or contribute, it just means that maybe we overpaid. In Ibanez’ case, people weren’t upset with the amount of money as much as they were the years so while you may think that Ibanez has surpassed the value of his contract, I would say that remains to be seen… at the time, I thought that Ibanez was solid but the deal was a reach. We got a great player, undoubtedly but we may have outbid ourselves. Same goes with Polly… not saying he won’t be a great player but we probably could have gotten him for less.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    This is my thinking on Dye. First and foremost, you must be able to get him insanely cheap. Second, he has to ber hip to the notion that he’s a bargain basement guy now. If he’s in tune with that and he realizes that he’s gonna be a reserve, he would wanna do it with a good team. Us. He cannot consistently play a position. I would like to see him get 20-25 starts in the OF. Thats 80-100 AB’s. If an outfield guy gets hurt, Dye can slide in and play. I would rather go a thirty day stretch with Dye than G-Load or Francisco. With pinch hitting appearances factored in, I can see him getting 300 AB’s. The whole point is that if your risk is nothing and your reward is high, sign him. And $750,00 would be nothing. The first month of the season we can carry a six man bench and see how he does. Its a no lose proposition. I’m sorry G-Load and FranDisco and Dobbs will have to give up AB’;s to a superior hitter and a right handed one at that.

    P.S. Grading trades and signings before the season is a complete waste of time, IMO.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Less, by like $500,000 …???

    If the going-rate for 3b was $6M minimum . . . we locked him at that rate . .

    $6 M for Polanco
    $6 M for DeRosa
    $9 M for Beltre (who turned down our offer)
    $9 M for Figgins

    the one player i liked was Tejada, $6 M for one year. . . but a one-year contract on any 3b would have been TERRIBLE because we would’ve been placed back in the 3b market next offseason, with slimmer-pickings

    I like the Beerman’s Articles.. and I can see where he is coming from with his views .. I just think that the notion of a grading system (as though its the definite voice of Phillies Nation) is wrong . . . I think the 3rd year is GREAT for Polanco, becuase there is a great chance that we still won’t have a 3b ready (or at least not a one better than Polanco at $6 M) . . . Ibanez will be gone, Howard COULD be gone .

    that 3rd year gives the Phillies so many options, possibly the most important is the chance to extend Utley’s career with a move to 1st base, where he can focus more on his hitting than his fielding .. . and try to be the .315 hitter we know he can be

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Original Chuck – In defense of Ruben, the Phils signed Ibanez at the very beginning of the FA period. That was the year the economy went down and all the teams rear ends started to pucker up when it came to giving out money. Ruben signed Raul BEFORE that happened. When viewed in the context of Feb 2008, its still a little pricey but not terrible. In terms of Feb 2009 dollars, its a horrible sign. If he were coming out this year he would be 3y/19m or so.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    We certainly lose nothing by giving Wilkerson a shot, and he’s also a good mentor to have for kids who are in the minors, trying to work their way on up to the majors. There’s no downside to this signing, and a number of different ways that Wilkerson can help us either as a bench guy on the big club, or as a great mentor for young guys in our Minor League system.

    This isn’t front page news to be sure, but it is an intriguing signing to say the least.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Last year, Jermain Dye made $11.5 Million . . .

    aka: $442,307.69 every two weeks (before taxes)

    the chances that he takes a deal to make $750,000 …TOTAL … please..

    it would take at least $2-3 M to sign him.. he is a nightmare in the field.. yea he’s got power, but i highly doubt that scoring runs will be an issue for this team

    they’ll need players on the bench that can do a little bit of everything.. hit for average, play defense, and run the bases well . . . Dye doesn’t do any of those things anymore

  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Let me make myself Clear, when I say this is a joke!

    Basically the Phillies are done making moves and no I don’t want or care about Dye. I think what we have is what we have, the fact that we even reported that Wilkerson was signed is a joke cause I agree this is back page news. As I said he will sit on the bench at Lehigh and collect a check and maybe mentor some young players. When he was in his prime he was well overrated.

    I live in Northern Va, and when the Nats moved here from the Expos they used him as the face of their franchise. He was a 250 hitter at best on a good day.

    To even care about this signing is the joke.

    Some of you have issues!
    You live in your dream world of the Phillies signing whoever you hear is available and several of the new people that post here I feel are bandwagon fans and others are so disgruntled its not worth conversing anymore.

    Well I am probably out of this place for good. I am glad many of your ruining a great place for Phillies baseball.

    Go Phils

    Take care

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Seriously, Dipsy…you’d rather have Dye… than G-Load and Ben FranDiscoInferno??

    I don’t get it..

    Francisco MORE than proved his worth last year…hell, the guy had 15 HRs in Cleveland before he got here..

    And didn’t Gload lead the NL in pinch-hits or something?? All I know is he gave the Phils FITS seemingly like every time they faced the Marlins..

    Wouldn’t you rather get a guy like that…into YOUR fold…if you can..

    I think the combo that Ruben has put together is gonna give Cholly a lot of nice mix and match possibilities.

  • Posts: 0 Bob

    Are people REALLY complaining about this signing?

    Some will moan about anything

  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    ok I skipped a bunch of post cause once again dipsy is way off base. First Dye would not come to the Phillies for $750k just to come to Philly and sit the bench. He will get more than that from some American League team and DH. And Really you would put Dye out in the field for a month if someone got hurt over Francisco REALLY. Ben is about 100% better in the outfield and can play all three positions, Dye MAYBE able to play left field.
    Ben is faster, younger, and could be a decent hitter if he gets playing time. I think Ben should spell Raul some days, and even Vic and Wreth some days. Where do you get that Dye would be better for this team if we lost one of the three guys to injury for a month. That is just insane.
    Man you must smoke some real good stuff. You see a name Dye, and think he is going to play like he did 5 years ago, he is way past his prime, and I think I would take Stairs on D over him.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I swear Chuck and Don are the same person! They always say exactly the same things, same format too!

    I’m really happy with Gload. I also think we will see a lot of Dobbs this season, at times platooning with Polanco –allowing Vic to bat 2nd in a good amount of games.

  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    Jeff from Nova don’t go it will get better once real baseball begins. You are usually a voice of reason. Just hang in there for 45 or less days. Then the season will open and real things can be discussed.

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    (Even if they did take back-up catchers money to keep playing) If everyday players who have been stars could start just 20-25 games in the field and contribute off the bench then guys like Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza, Sammy Sosa and a lot more would still be in a job, hell Chuck Knoblauch would probably still be playing.

    If no AL team has signed Dye as a DH or an NL team signing him to play LF or 1st why would we want a guy a guy on the bench who we can’t use and who’ll only see 3 or 4 ABs in a week and won’t be game ready if we need to fill a hole. Francisco did very well when Grady Sizemore went down and he’s a very decent bat off the bench with a little plate discipline and experience as the 4th outfielder. If someone goes down then you want to see what the guys in the minors are made of, how else do you find guys like Brandon Moss or Garret Jones.

    It’s is forgotten how important your bench and middle relief is during the course of a season when everyones focusing on HR’s, saves, average and having those guys who can do little things to keep a ballgame close is more important than the guys in those roles get credit for, it’s not about the stats with those guys.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Don…what do you think of that?…Manny thinks we’re the same person!!
    Now I’ve heard it all..and I thought being accused of “working for the Phillies” was a stretch.

    Manny…at least you agree that Gload and Polanco were good signings…at least I THINK you do. That’s more than you can say about Dispy… who thinks that Jermaine Dye could single-handedly bring us another WFC.

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    which bench would you rather have going into this year?

    Fransisco, Dobbs, Gload, Schneider, Castro
    Dye, Thomas, Garciaparra, Garrett Anderson and Rob Barajas all with a ‘superior’ bat over their careers

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Chuck uses my three periods as punctuation all the time … I should’ve put a copyright on it

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Bench #1

    and I hope that was a rhetorical question .. … ???

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Am surprised I’m not be accused of being in the Don/Chuck gang. Polanco was a great signing because he isn’t going to fly out on 2 pitches and probably wont strike-out at all with runners on base and 2 outs. Gload was the best pinch hitter overall in the last two years (if I remember rightly)… How can you not love what they bring to the Phillies? Does this team really need more homers and RBI’s??

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Oh it was Don… I LOVE our bench when you look at each guy vs their NL counterpart. Frankly I LOVE our bullpen to despite the concerns over if Lidge isn’t 100% from jump street.

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