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Brad Wilkerson | First Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/1/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Florida
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Phillies released 1B Brad Wilkerson.
Wilkerson decided to retire last spring, but was signed to a minor league contract by the Phillies in February. He wasn't invited to big league camp and had just one at-bat in a major league exhibition game this spring. Perhaps this will signal the end for the 32-year-old. Mon, Mar 29, 2010 09:47:00 AM

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Phillies signed 1B Brad Wilkerson to a minor league contract.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com first reported it. The contract does not include an invite to major league spring training. Wilkerson, 32, sat out nearly the entire 2009 season after failing to make the Red Sox out of spring training, appearing in just two games for Triple-A Pawtucket. The oft-injured Wilkerson has a .247/.350/.440 batting line over the course of eight major league seasons.
Tue, Feb 23, 2010 02:58:00 PM

Brad Wilkerson told his manager at Triple-A Pawtucket that he's retiring from baseball.

Shoulder problems derailed Wilkerson's career. He posted OPSs of 840, 844 and 872 in his first three full seasons with the Expos before dropping off to 756 in 2005 and being traded to the Rangers in the Alfonso Soriano deal after the season. He never returned to form in Texas, and after bouncing around in 2008, he failed to make the Red Sox out of spring training this year. If he's finished at age 31, he ends his career with a .247/.350/.440 line and 122 homers in 3,753 at-bats. He was second in the Rookie of the Year balloting in 2002, and he had his best season in 2004, when he hit 32 homers, walked 106 times and scored 112 runs.
Sun, Apr 19, 2009 09:32:00 PM

Brad Wilkerson has decided to accept an assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Wilkerson struck out in 18 of his 42 spring at-bats on the way to a .118 batting average. He was the favorite to fill in for Mark Kotsay heading into camp, but Chris Carter beat him out of the job. He'll try to figure some things out down at the Triple-A level.
Sat, Apr 4, 2009 11:57:00 AM

Brad Wilkerson has temporarily left Red Sox camp to assess other options, according to the Boston Globe.

Chris Carter presumably has beaten him out for a job. Wilkerson hit just .118 this spring with 18 strikeouts in 42 at-bats. He wasn't likely to make the final roster, and his deal allows him to opt out on April 1. He could sign a minor league deal with another club in a few days.
Sun, Mar 29, 2009 11:41:00 AM

Brad Wilkerson homered and doubled for a Red Sox split-squad Saturday in a 16-5 rout of the Reds.

His homer was a two-run shot off Robert Manuel. Wilkerson stands a pretty good shot of making the Red Sox in the spot that would have gone to the ailing Mark Kotsay. Just don't count on him having any fantasy value at all.
Sat, Feb 28, 2009 11:03:00 PM

Red Sox signed first baseman-outfielder Brad Wilkerson to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Making official a signing that was agreed to a couple of weeks ago. Wilkerson should have a real chance of making the team with Mark Kotsay on the DL to start the year. He was useless for the Mariners and Blue Jays last season and hasn't been truly productive since 2004, but if he ever truly gets past his shoulder problems, it's possible that he could reemerge as a contributor.
Mon, Feb 16, 2009 01:40:00 PM

WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox are close to signing Brad Wilkerson to a minor league contract.

Wilkerson went from underrated to useless in a hurry, hitting .220/.308/.326 in 309 plate appearances between Seattle and Toronto last season. He's a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster.
Source: WEEI.com
Tue, Feb 3, 2009 10:15:00 AM

Blue Jays activated outfielder Brad Wilkerson from the 15-day disabled list.

Wilkerson has actually gotten worse as the year has gone on, and his OPS stood at 631 before he went on the DL two weeks ago with back spasms. He's unlikely to play much this month.
Tue, Sep 2, 2008 02:04:00 PM

Blue Jays placed outfielder Brad Wilkerson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 18, with lower back spasms.

Wilkerson heading to the DL makes room on the roster for Jose Bautista, who was acquired via Thursday's trade with the Pirates. Wilkerson has hit just .219/.312/.319 in 296 plate appearances this season and ceased playing regularly for the Blue Jays once Vernon Wells came off the shelf two weeks ago.
Fri, Aug 22, 2008 06:44:00 PM

Brad Wilkerson hit a grand slam Saturday in the first inning that set the tone for the Blue Jays' 6-0 victory over the Royals.

Gregg Zaun added a run-scoring single in the sixth as the Jays cruised behind some excellent starting pitching courtesy of Jesse Litsch. The homer was Wilkerson's second in 106 at-bats this season. He has more work to do before he should be feeling any confidence sbout his job security.
Sat, May 24, 2008 03:51:00 PM

Brad Wilkerson led off the bottom of the first with a homer to give the Jays their only run on Tuesday.

Wilkerson walked twice later in the game, but it did the Jays no good. He's 7-for-37 with two RBI and four walks for his new team.
Tue, May 20, 2008 10:11:00 PM

Blue Jays signed outfielder Brad Wilkerson.

Let go by the Mariners last week after hitting .232/.348/.304 through 19 games, Wilkerson lands in Toronto and may be given a chance to take at-bats away from Shannon Stewart in left field. After also acquiring Kevin Mench, the Blue Jays could go with a pair of platoons involving Wilkerson and Matt Stairs against righties and Stewart and Mench versus lefties.
Fri, May 9, 2008 04:00:00 PM

Mariners designated outfielder Brad Wilkerson for assignment.

19 games is hardly enough to say that Wilkerson is done, but the Mariners are right to give Wladimir Balentien a shot (even if they should have waited one more week) and it won't be hard to find another averageish corner outfielder if it doesn't work out. Wilkerson hit .232/.348/.304 in 56 at-bats for Seattle. The Red Sox were the other team that pursued Wilkerson this spring, and they'd still likely be very interested if he's willing to go to the minors for a little while.
Wed, Apr 30, 2008 05:52:00 PM

Brad Wilkerson went 3-for-3 with a walk in his best game of the season on Tuesday.

And then was removed for a pinch-hitter batting .167. Wilkerson finally has a good game, and the Mariners still opt to pull him even though he's hit lefties as well as righties over the course of his career and the alternative was Willie Bloomquist. Wilkerson could use a few more games like this as he tries to avoid losing his spot to Wladimir Balentien. Unfortunately, he'll probably be back on the bench on Wednesday because the Indians are throwing Cliff Lee.
Tue, Apr 29, 2008 11:26:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Cody Asche
2Reid Brignac
LF1Domonic Brown
2John Mayberry
CF1Ben Revere
RF1Marlon Byrd
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2A.J. Burnett
3Kyle Kendrick
4David Buchanan
5Jerome Williams
6Cliff Lee
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Mike Adams
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jake Diekman
5Ken Giles
6Mario Hollands
7Justin De Fratus
8Cesar Jimenez