Phillies Claim Utility Infielder From Pirates
Photo: Marc Serota/Getty
Photo: Marc Serota/Getty
Posted Feb 26, 2008

The Phillies figured they might need another utility infielder, so they grabbed defensive specialist Ray Olmedo from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ray Olmedo had one of the shortest stays with a Major League club that you're going to find. Just 24 days ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Olmedo on waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Now, Olmedo comes to the other side of the state after the Phillies claimed him on waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh cut him loose when they signed Byung-Hyun Kim and needed a roster spot.

The Phillies appeared to have their infield set with Eric Bruntlett and either Greg Dobbs or Wes Helms backing up the starters. Olmedo will give them another option and could wind up sending him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley as insurance. Olmedo is known primarily for his defensive skills and is a career .228 hitter in 403 at bats and is a career .264 hitter in over 700 minor league games. Olmedo has played primarily at shortstop, but has also played second base and even a little third base. Last season, he played one game in right field for Toronto.

John Ennis is the victim of Olmedo's arrival. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Tuesday to clear a spot on the 40 man roster for Olmedo.

Ray Olmedo's career stats

Majors 2 26 .228 198 403 45 92 16 2 6 26 81 .276 .293
Minors 18 223 .264 777 2826 346 745 135 18 114 221 515 .321 .343

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