Phils sign four to minor league deals

Updated: November 15, 2013

Philadelphia, PA ( – The Philadelphia Phillies signed
outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro, and pitchers Shawn Camp and Cesar
Jimenez to minor league contracts with an invite to major league spring
training on Friday.

Thomas batted .214 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 92 games with the
Minnesota Twins last season, playing all three outfield positions. The 30-
year-old veteran has appeared in 249 career major league games for the Tigers
and Twins, hitting .233 with 13 home runs and 65 RBI.

Camp, 37, spent the first half of the 2013 season with the Chicago Cubs where
he went 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA in 26 games before being released. He signed with
Arizona and spent the rest of the season in Triple-A. Over his 10-year career,
Camp has a 29-33 mark with a 4.40 career ERA in 538 games between the Kansas
City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and Cubs.

Jimenez, a 29-year-old lefty, appeared in 19 games with Philadelphia last
season, going 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA in 17 innings. He held left-handed hitters
to a .143 average with only one extra-base hit in 28 at-bats. Over parts of
four seasons in the majors with the Mariners and Phillies, he has a 2-3 mark
with a 4.96 ERA in 62 games.

Castro, 24, doesn’t have any major league experience. In 117 games for Triple-
A Lehigh Valley last season, he batted .256 with eight home runs, 55 RBI and
20 stolen bases.