Phillies Sign Former Speedster Juan Pierre to Minor League Deal

Phillies Sign Former Speedster Juan Pierre to Minor League Deal

The Phillies had admitted to wanting to add some speed to their bench this offseason so they went out and signed Jim Thome. Wait, sorry, he was the power guy. Today, they got some of that speed.

It's just aging speed.

The Phillies agreed to terms with former speedster and currently mediocre-fast 34-year-old Juan Pierre to a minor league deal. You probably best remember the crooked-capped Pierre from his days with the Florida Marlins, but he spent last season in the South Side of Chicago playing for the White Sox.

It's believed Pierre will compete for the 5th outfielder spot alongside Dom Brown, Scott Podsednik, and Jim Salisbury tosses Lou Montanez name into the mix.

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Perhaps Pierre and his old Marlins' teammate Dontrelle Willis can do a remix of their World Championship rap (video below), but this time for the Phillies after cruising down Broad Street.

And check out some of these truly ugly numbers from David Hale:

A few quick statistical notes on Pierre from last season:

– He finished with the second most outs among AL players with 507.

– His OPS+ of 80 was the fifth-lowest in the AL.

– His 61 percent success rate on stolen bases was the lowest among all AL players with at least 20 attempts.

– His 3.2 percent extra-base hit rate was the lowest among all AL players.

Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

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Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.

"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."

Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.

The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.

Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.

Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P