Phillies invite seven to Spring Training
Ransom, Wise, Duffy among group to get shot with big club
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced Friday afternoon that they have asked seven non-roster invitees to Spring Training.
Outfielder Chris Duffy, 29, started last season with the Milwaukee Brewers, hitting .125 with three RBIs in 19 games. He played three games with Triple-A Nashville before leaving the team for personal reasons. He has hit .262 with six home runs and 52 RBIs in 212 big league games with Pittsburgh (2005-07) and Milwaukee (2009).
Catcher Paul Hoover, 33, hit .253 with one home run and 28 RBIs in his 73 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He had three hits in four at-bats with the Phillies.
Infielder Cody Ransom, 33, split last season with the New York Yankees and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He hit .190 with 10 RBIs in 31 games with the Yankees. He has played with the San Francisco Giants (2001-04), Houston Astros (2007) and Yankees (2008-09).
Infielder Andy Tracy, 36, spent the entire season with Lehigh Valley. He led the league in walks (74), finished second in home runs (26) and RBIs (96) and finished fourth in runs scored (76). Tracy also appeared in nine games with the Phillies, hitting .500 (4-for-8) as a pinch-hitter.
Outfielder DeWayne Wise, 31, spent last season with the Chicago White Sox. He made a game-saving, over-the-wall catch in the ninth inning of Mark Buehrle's perfect game in July. He has played with the Toronto Blue Jays (2000, '02), Atlanta Braves (2004), Cincinnati Reds (2006-07) and White Sox (2008-09).
Infielder Wilson Valdez, 32, split last season between the Cleveland Indians and New York Mets organizations. He began the year with Triple-A Columbus, but was traded to the Mets on May 27 and outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo on June 25. Valdez combined to hit .247 with 12 RBIs in 77 games in the Minors. He hit .256 (22-for-86) with seven RBIs in 41 games with the Mets.
Left-hander Bill White, 31, did not pitch last season because of a hip injury. He last pitched for the Texas Rangers organization in 2008, when he combined to go 4-1 with six saves and a 3.48 ERA in 51 relief appearances between Triple-A Oklahoma and Class A Bakersfield. He appeared in eight games for Texas in 2008.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.