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Josh Phelps | Outfielder

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/12/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Indians signed 1B Josh Phelps to a minor league contract.
Phelps is now with his second organization of 2010 and his fourth since 2008, hereby qualifying him for journeyman status. He played 19 games for the Cardinals in 2008, but has been in the majors since. He'll report to Triple-A Columbus. Sat, May 22, 2010 02:08:00 PM

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Rockies signed 1B Josh Phelps to a minor league contract.

He'll also be invited to Spring Training. Phelps, who turns 32 in May, hasn't appeared in the big leagues since 2008 with the Cardinals. He's useful in that he carries an 859 career OPS against lefties, but unless he wants to pick up the catcher's gear again, he doesn't offer much versatility for a squad that figures to carry Todd Helton and Jason Giambi.
Sat, Feb 6, 2010 01:16:00 PM

Giants signed first baseman Josh Phelps to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Phelps picked St. Louis as a free agent last winter, even though that meant he had Albert Pujols in front of him at first base. He'd seem to be in a better situation this time, but it depends on whether the Giants sign a first baseman this winter. Even if they don't, it'd still make sense for San Francisco to go to younger guys in Pablo Sandoval, John Bowker and Travis Ishikawa. At best, Phelps would probably make the team as a starter against left-handers and pinch-hitter.
Mon, Nov 3, 2008 09:35:00 PM

Cardinals designated first baseman Josh Phelps for assignment.

Phelps had a big season at Triple-A before a late-August call-up to St. Louis and remains a solid platoon player against left-handed pitching, but he was a poor fit for a team that has Albert Pujols.
Wed, Oct 15, 2008 05:28:00 PM

Cardinals purchased the contract of first baseman Josh Phelps from Triple-A Memphis.

Phelps got off to a disappointing start this year, but his OPS was up to 941 at Memphis. He was hitting .316/.390/.735 with 15 homers in 136 at-bats since the All-Star break. The Cardinals will try him as a pinch-hitter. He's not going to have any fantasy value unless (gulp) Albert Pujols gets hurt.
Wed, Aug 27, 2008 06:46:00 PM

Cardinals signed first baseman Josh Phelps to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Phelps hit .351/.463/.649 in 77 at-bats for the Pirates after being let go by the Yankees last season, but it looks like no one wanted to bring him in to compete for a starting job at first base or DH. If he makes the Cards, he'll serve as a pinch-hitter and emergency third catcher, leaving him with no fantasy value unless Albert Pujols gets hurt.
Thu, Jan 10, 2008 05:49:00 PM

The Cardinals have reportedly inked Josh Phelps to a minor league deal.

It's surprising Phelps didn't opt to head back to the American League. In St. Louis, he'd be a pinch-hitter at best unless Albert Pujols goes down. The Cardinals could always take a look at him in the outfield, but he'd likely be pretty awful out there.
Thu, Jan 10, 2008 01:34:00 PM

Pirates released first baseman Josh Phelps; sent Josh Sharpless outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Phelps went unclaimed off waivers despite his late-season success. Sharpless should have been picked up before Shane Youman, who was taken off waivers by the Phillies. He'll have to accept the assignment to Triple-A.
Thu, Nov 29, 2007 09:43:00 PM

Pirates designated first baseman Josh Phelps for assignment.

Phelps hit .351/.463/.649 in 77 at-bats for the Pirates, but that was pretty fluky and the team still has Steve Pearce and Ryan Doumit as alternatives to Adam LaRoche at first base. Perhaps Phelps' late-season showing will help earn him a job as a first baseman or DH versus lefties back in the AL.
Wed, Nov 21, 2007 12:00:00 AM

Manager Jim Tracy is considering using 1B Josh Phelps in the outfield so he can get his bat in the lineup more.

"The one thing I understand is that I'm excelling in the role I'm in right now, and I can't lose sight of that," Phelps said. Who knows how much time he'll actually get in the outfield though - Phelps revealed to his manager that he's only played one game in the past 11 years in the outfield.
Sun, Aug 26, 2007 10:47:00 AM

Josh Phelps had a career-high four hits -- two of them doubles -- and drove in three runs Thursday versus the Rockies.

Phelps homered in back-to-back starts Aug. 12-13, but he hadn't been in the lineup again since until today. He's now 19-for-44 with with five homers and 14 RBI for the Pirates. Still, the team doesn't want to use him as a catcher and is unwilling to sit Adam LaRoche more than once per week. Unfortunately, Phelps isn't an option anywhere else. If he keeps this up, perhaps the Pirates will experiment with him as an outfielder in winter ball or in spring training. He belongs in the AL, though.
Thu, Aug 23, 2007 06:32:00 PM

Josh Phelps made his first start at catcher since 2001 and homered in the second game of Monday's doubleheader.

Rather than have Ronny Paulino catch both games after Ryan Doumit injured his wrist in the matinee, the Pirates put Phelps behind the plate for just the second time in six years. It was his fifth major league start at catcher, the other four all coming with the Jays in 2001.
Mon, Aug 13, 2007 10:38:00 PM

Josh Phelps homered and tripled to drive in four runs in a 5-0 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Phelps hit a two-run homer off Barry Zito in the sixth, then added a two-run triple off reliever Vinnie Chulk in the seventh. Phelps, who was making his first start since July 27, is 10-for-30 with two homers for the Pirates. He's still not going to be able to find much playing time, so he's not much of an option in NL-only formats.
Sun, Aug 12, 2007 06:49:00 PM

Josh Phelps went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and an RBI double to help the Pirates beat the Mets 8-4 on Thursday.

Phelps was in the lineup for just the second time this month. Since neither he nor Adam LaRoche is much of an option at any other position, Phelps has just 19 at-bats in five weeks with the Pirates. He has seven hits, but that's not going to earn him much more playing time.
Thu, Jul 26, 2007 04:11:00 PM

Pirates claimed first baseman Josh Phelps off waivers from the Yankees.

We hope Brad Eldred wasn't too excited about getting promoted to the majors. He'll likely return to Triple-A to make room for Phelps, who will likely serve as a pinch-hitter and occasional first baseman against lefties. That he can also be a third catcher makes him especially attractive to the Pirates, who like to use Ryan Doumit at other positions. Still, he might not have any fantasy value at all.
Fri, Jun 22, 2007 04:08:00 PM

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