Phillies sign Taveras to Minor League deal
Speedy outfielder replaces Wise, who opted out of contract
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies lost one Minor League outfielder, but added another.
The team announced Thursday it agreed to terms with Willy Taveras, who will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday. The Phillies also announced they will no longer employ Dewayne Wise, who exercised the June 1 out-clause in his contract.
Taveras, 28, hit .200 with four RBIs, seven runs scored and one stolen base in 35 at-bats this season with Washington. The Nationals designated him for assignment on May 16 and released him nine days later. Taveras is a career .274 hitter with 128 RBIs, 358 runs scored and 195 stolen bases in 670 games with Houston, Colorado, Cincinnati and Washington.
Wise, who signed a Minor League contract with the Phillies in November, hit .272 in 36 games with Lehigh Valley. He is now a free agent.
Right-hander Nelson Figueroa, who the Phillies designated for assignment on Monday, cleared waivers Thursday.
The Phillies outrighted him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, a move the reliever accepted.
Figueroa went 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA in nine appearances (one start) for the Phillies.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.