Telemaco, Geary Re-Sign With Phillies
Amaury Telemaco has a rough night.

Posted Dec 22, 2004

The Phillies listed five players as having been "non-tendered" on Monday. On Tuesday, three of those players returned to the Phillies with new contracts for the 2005 season. The move brings Amaury Telemaco and Geoff Geary, both members of last season's bullpen, back to the Phillies roster.

For five of the last six seasons, Amaury Telemaco has pitched at least part of each season with the Phillies. In that time, he has established a mark of 10-14, 4.42. Telemaco is officially back on the Phillies' roster after not being offered a contract by the Monday deadline. On Tuesday, Telemaco and the Phillies agreed to a one-year, $600 thousand deal.

The Phillies also re-signed reliever Geoff Geary to a one-year $325 thousand deal, giving him somewhat less money if he doesn't make the club. Last season, Geary pitched in 33 games for the Phillies and went 1-0, 5.44. He made his major league debut late in the 2003 season, posting a 4.50 ERA with the Phillies.

The third player re-signed was Jorge Padilla. The Phillies' farmhand signed a AAA contract with the club. The 25 year old Padilla hit .253 with 7 homeruns for Scranton last season. He was originally drafted by the Phillies in the third round of the '98 Draft.

Michel Hernandez and Lou Collier were not re-signed. Hernandez came over from the Yankees organization and hit .254 at Scranton in 2004. The 26 year old will battle for a back-up catcher's job with the Phillies. Collier was also in his first season in the organization and has played in the majors with four other clubs in addition to his time with the Phillies in 2004. Collier hit .278 in 32 games in the majors last season and .326 with the Red Barons. He has a career mark of .241 as a major leaguer.

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