The Phillies have signed 27-year old lefty swinging catcher Steven Lerud to a minor league deal. Lerud played in 73 games in AA-ball for the Orioles last year and he was 44 for 228 (.193 avg, .571 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 5 homers and 30 RBIs. He has now played in 650 games in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 473 of 2,142 (.221 avg, .665 OPS) with 247 runs scored, 53 homers, 270 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. The Phillies better hope that they don’t need Lerud at the major league level, because he just can’t hit. They probably signed him because he works well with young pitchers in the minor leagues.