Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Phils acquire OF Chris Snelling

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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