The Phillies have added another piece to their already-deep bench, adding Juan Pierre today on a minor league contract, according to the Associated Press.
Pierre was the White Sox' everyday left fielder last season. He hit .279, but he also walked just 43 times and led the league in times caught stealing (17) for the seventh time in his career.
The 34-year-old outfielder joins Jim Thome, Ty Wigginton, Laynce Nix and Scott Podsednik on the list of impact free agents the Phils have added this offseason. He may compete for some time in the starting lineup -- All-Stars Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence are firmly entrenched in center and right field, but left field is open with the departure of Raul Ibanez in free agency. Pierre is a .296 career hitter with 554 steals to his name. He's played for the Rockies, Marlins, Cubs, Dodgers and White Sox in his 12 major league seasons.