January 25, 2016
The Phillies signed outfielder David Lough to a minor league contract on Monday. The deal includes an invite to major league camp next month.
Lough, 30, has hit .255 with a .672 OPS in 312 major league games over the last four years, the last two coming with the Baltimore Orioles.
The left-handed hitting Lough hit .201 in 84 games with Baltimore last year. Lough’s most productive big league season came in 2013, when he hit .286 with a .724 OPS in 96 games with the Kansas City Royals.
Lough is one of 23 non-roster players due to camp in Clearwater next month – but just the second outfielder, along with prospect Nick Williams. The Phillies also have six outfielders on their 40-man roster: Aaron Altherr, Cody Asche, Peter Bourjos, Tyler Goeddel, Odubel Herrera and Roman Quinn.
Last week, general manager Matt Klentak was asked if he had enough outfield depth beyond the five guys expected to make the major league roster.
“We have Asche that can go out there, we have (Darin) Ruf that can go out there – I think so,” Klentak said. “I would challenge any GM to go two or three injuries deep at one position and feel like they’re covered. That’s just now always the way baseball works. But I feel like, yeah, we’re OK in that department.”
Lough, by the way, is pronounced “Low.” Which immediately makes me think of this song.
Pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater on Feb. 17. The Phillies will hold their first full-squad workout on Feb. 23.