Free-agent catcher Brian Schneider has agreed to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to a tweet from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated. The deal is reportedly pending a physical.
The 34-year-old catcher has served as a back-up for Philadelphia for the past two seasons. In 139 plate appearances last year the backstop hit just .176/.246/.256 with two home runs in reserve for starter Carlos Ruiz. Schneider, however, is best known for his work behind the plate, and at one time was considered to have one of the better arms in baseball.
As the starter for the Montreal Expos in 2004, Schneider threw out a league-leading 50% of runners who attempted to steal bases against him. He has also served as the starting catcher for the Washington Nationals and New York Mets.