Magee Adds CF Insurance

Anybody remember Bobby Sismondo? He's the guy who the Phillies got when they shipped Wendell Magee to Detroit prior to the 2000 season. Who they gave up to get Magee back just prior to the 2003 season still hasn't been announced, but Magee is back with the Phillies after signing a minor league contract with Cleveland over the winter.

To at least start his second stint with the Phillies, Wendell Magee will head to AAA Scranton. The Phillies acquired Magee mainly as some insurance should rookie centerfielder Marlon Byrd struggle in the big leagues. Magee was Detroit's starting centerfielder on opening day last season, but wound up only getting a minor league contract with Cleveland as a free agent during the winter.

The 30 year old hit .271 with 6 homeruns and played in 97 games for Detroit in 2002, picking up a career high 347 at bats. Magee's major league numbers consist of a .247 average with 24 homeruns in parts of six major league seasons.

Magee has never been able to match the power numbers that he put up in AAA, when he hit 24 and 20 homeruns in 1998 and 1999 respectively for Scranton. Magee played parts of four seasons in Philadelphia, hitting .228 with 6 homeruns in a Phillies uniform after making his major league debut in 1996.

Originally, Magee was drafted by the Phillies in the 12th round of the 1994 draft.


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