The terms are not yet clear, but one would imagine the Phillies are re-signing Schneider to a one-year deal. Schneider is coming off of a poor offensive season and, unfortunately for him, his “handling” of Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick in 2011 isn’t attention-grabbing when it comes to dollars and cents.
Ruben Amaro originally signed Schneider to a two-year, $2.75 million contract prior to 2010. In two seasons with the Phillies, Schneider hit .208/.297/.320 with six home runs in 286 plate appearances.
Schneider spent time on the disabled list both years.
The market for catchers this offseason is unexciting to say the least. The most intriguing option is Ryan Doumit, but he was never really a fit with the Phillies. Doumit is a huge defensive liability behind the plate that you wouldn’t feel comfortable starting five or six days a week if Carlos Ruiz were to get injured.
Doumit was also going to be more expensive than a guy like Schneider. I’m predicting the Schneider deal is one-year, $1.1 million. Doumit turned down an offer from the Dodgers of one-year, $3 million.
This isn’t a move that will generate excitement — Schneider will soon be 35 and over the past two seasons has been worth -0.3 WAR. But in the grand scheme of things, the Phillies needed a cheap backup catcher for 2012 and this just isn’t a front office that will trust Erik Kratz in that role.
If the Phils sign Schneider to the deal predicted above, they’ll have about $155 million committed to 21 players after the arbitration cases take place.
They still need to fill holes at shortstop, left field, in the bullpen and on the bench.