Two former Philadelphia Phillies have reached agreements on minor league deals. With spring training set to begin in under a week, Josh Harrison and Dalton Guthrie will lace them up for new ballclubs with the hope of playing their way into an open roster spot.
Harrison, who signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds, is the bigger name of the two, and last year was cut by the Phillies at the Aug. 1 Trade Deadline to make room on the roster when the team acquired pitcher Michael Lorenzen from the Detroit Tigers. The two-time former All-Star will attempt to reestablish his career with a strong showing in spring training.
Harrison had a tough go of it in Philadelphia after signing a one-year deal. In 40 games, the 36-year-old hit .204, with two home runs and 10 RBI, while making 114 plate appearances. The defensively versatile Harrison appeared at a number of different positions for the Phillies in 2023, including two appearances on the mound.
Dalton Guthrie signs minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox
Former Phillies depth piece Dalton Guthrie is now a member of his fourth organization in the last year. Guthrie has signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox and will likely spend the majority of this upcoming season playing for Triple-A Worcester.
The 28-year-old Guthrie was drafted by the Phillies in the sixth round of the 2017 MLB Draft. He debuted with the Phillies in 2022, and saw action in 23 games for big club last season, before being traded to the San Francisco Giants for cash considerations on June 22. After a short stint in the Giants organization, Guthrie was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves on July 13 and spent the remainder of 2023 with Triple-A Gwinnett.
In 37 games as a member of the Phillies, Guthrie hit .244 with one home run and five RBI to go along with 11 hits and one stolen base.