MLB: Another Quiet Move Made as Philadelphia Phillies Sign Ronnie Belliard

Jason KimCorrespondent IApril 1, 2011

ST. LOUIS - JULY 18: Ronnie Belliard #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in action against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 18, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Philadelphia Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. made a small move today, signing Ronnie Belliard to a minor league contract.

Belliard, set to turn 36 on April 7th, was released by the rival New York Yankees this past Monday after showing up to spring training overweight and just hitting .136.

However, the Phils wanted him to set a deeper depth chart at second base with Belliard, after they had released Luis Castillo recently who had also been signed to a minor league deal, too. 

It looks like Wilson Valdez would be the starter at second until All-Star Chase Utley rebounds back 100 percent. And with Placido Planco coming off an injury, it couldn't hurt to sign Belliard, who can also play third base.

For now, Belliard will report to Philadelphia's Triple-A team, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. 

He hit just .216 with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.


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