After agreeing two months ago to a minor-league contract and a spring training invite with the Philadelphia Phillies, Juan Pierre has made the big-league roster out of camp. He will get a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $800,000 with another $300,000 in performance bonuses, according to the Associated Press.
"We definitely feel like Juan can help us," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "In the majors, he did a lot of things. Last year was impressive."
Pierre hit .279 in 158 games with the Chicago White Sox last season. In 12 big-league seasons with the White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins and Colorado Rockies, he's hit .296 lifetime. "I look at where he could fit in some of the lineups we could use, and he's done a little bit of everything in the game," Manuel said. "He's been a bench player... He's been a regular for a long time. In the last couple of years, he has a lot of at-bats in the big leagues."