Outfielder Chris Snelling was acquired today from Tampa Bay in exchange for cash considerations, Assistant General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today.
Snelling, 25, hit a combined .246 with one home run and seven RBI in 30 games with Washington and Oakland this past season. He missed the majority of the season with a left knee contusion. A left-handed hitter, Snelling has a .311 career Minor League average with 46 home runs in 493 games.
"Chris has always had a great bat, but he has battled some injuries in the past," said Amaro. "We feel he will be healthy this coming year and adds a left-handed hitter and some depth to our outfield."
Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Mariners in 1999, Snelling has hit .240 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 89 Major League games with Seattle (2002, 2005-06), Washington (2007) and Oakland (2007). His addition brings the Phillies to 38 players on their 40-man roster.
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