Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com says a person with knowledge of the situation suggests the Phillies could take a minor flier on Gary Matthews Jr.
Matthews, who received one of the worst contracts in baseball history following his career year in 2006, has been in perilous offensive and defensive decline for the last four seasons. The 36-year-old son of Phillies broadcaster Gary “Sarge” Matthews was released by the Mets in May after a hitting just .190 (11-for-58), then caught on with the Reds, but opted out of his contract after the Reds couldn’t find room for him on their big league roster. At the time, he was hitting .313/.359/.490 with three home runs and six RBIs in 96 at bats for Triple-A Louisville.
Beerleaguer: He's shockingly horrible. Ask any Mets fan. This would be Sarge Jr.'s last hurrah, and a good gesture on the part of the Phillies. It reminds me of Willy Taveras, who the Phils inspected last season only to realize he was finished, just as others had discovered. Salisbury also mentioned Brad Wilkerson in his piece, the veteran outfielder who was invited to minor league camp last spring, didn’t make it and decided to hang ‘em up. Matthews would likewise go to minor league camp, according to Salisbury. The only possible hope is that he proves he can still play passably in the outfield, particularly in center field, since the Phillies need depth there. But I’d list the odds at less than 25 percent. The strong Triple-A numbers are a fluke. He's old. He can't hit. He's likely finished.