Phils sign veteran Wilkerson for minors

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Brad Wilkerson had reportedly retired last April, but quietly decided on a comeback attempt that will start in the Phillies minor league camp. The veteran outfielder signed a minor league deal without an invitation to big league camp.

The Phillies are cornering the market on former Montreal Expos of the late '90s and early 2000s. With Andy Tracy in minor league camp and Brian Schneider signed as a free agent over the winter, the Phillies made it a trio with the signing of Brad Wilkerson on Tuesday. The three played together at Harrisburg in 1999 and with Ottawa in 2000 and 2001.

Wilkerson, who had seemingly retired last April, signed a minor league deal with the Phillies that does not include an invitation to major league camp.

A veteran of eight major league seasons, Wilkerson started his major league career with the Expos in 2001 and moved to Washington with the club in 2005. From there, he headed to Texas, Seattle and Toronto and was in camp with the Red Sox last spring, but failed to make the club. In 2002, Wilkerson hit .266 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI and finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting.

If he sticks in the Phillies organization, Wilkerson would most likely play at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Brad Wilkerson's career stats
Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
2001 Montreal 47 117 11 24 7 2 1 5 17 41 .205 .304 .325
2002 Montreal 153 507 92 135 27 8 20 59 81 161 .266 .370 .469
2003 Montreal 146 504 78 135 34 4 19 77 89 155 .268 .380 .464
2004 Montreal 160 572 112 146 39 2 32 67 106 152 .255 .374 .498
2005 Washington 148 565 76 140 42 7 11 57 84 147 .248 .351 .405
2006 Texas 95 320 56 71 15 2 15 44 37 116 .222 .306 .422
2007 Texas 119 338 54 79 17 1 20 62 43 107 .234 .319 .467
2008 Seattle 19 56 1 13 4 0 0 5 10 15 .232 .348 .304
2008 Toronto 85 208 20 45 8 2 4 23 25 53 .216 .297 .332
2008 TOT 104 264 21 58 12 2 4 28 35 68 .220 .308 .326
8 Seasons 972 3187 500 788 193 28 122 399 492 947 .247 .350 .440


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