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Veteran infielder Jake Fox has returned to the Phillies organization on a minor league deal

Jake Fox has been on somewhat of a world tour in his baseball career. He's literally gone from the majors, to the minors, to Mexico, the Dominican and Korea. One of those U.S. stops has been in the Phillies organization, where he's returning in 2016.

In 2014, Jake Fox was all the rage with the Reading Fightin Phils. He hit a cool .308 with 22 home runs and fans were clamoring for him to be brought up to Philadelphia, figuring that he would provide the same kind of punch to the lackluster offense there. Instead, he didn't come to Philadelphia and wound up in the Mexican League, the Dominican Winter League and Korea before returning to the U.S. to look for another opportunity to return to the majors.

The Phillies and Fox agreed to a one-year minor league deal, giving the Phillies some insurance in the form of a 33-year old who has played first base, third base, left and right field and has even caught during his major league and minor league career. Fox has played in 193 major league games for the Cubs, A's and Orioles between 2007 and 2011. He's hoping for one more return to the majors and figured the Phillies might be a good spot to give it a try.

Fox is a career .237 hitter in the majors, but his ability to play various positions makes him a potential utility player who could be somewhat of a manager's dream. In affiliated ball, Fox hasn't played higher than the Double-A level since 2013 when he played 15 games with Reno while in the Diamondbacks organization. He played 51 games between Indianapolis and Lehigh Valley in 2012. In addition to foreign leagues, Fox has also played in the independent Atlantic League.


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