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Pedro Beato, Jesse Beal and Christian Marrero signed minor league deals with the Phillies for the 2017 season.

The number of players still looking for jobs for the 2017 season is starting to dwindle, but the Phillies found three more players that interest them. The three signed minor league deals and include two pitchers and the return of an outfielder from last season.

The Phillies signed two right-handed pitchers, one of them with some major league experience. 


Pedro Beato has pitched in 84 games with the Mets, Red Sox and Braves since 2011, but hasn't pitched in the majors the past two seasons. Overall, Beato has a 4.34 ERA and a career 1.31 WHIP. The 30-year old last pitched in the majors with Atlanta in 2014, but appeared in just three games that season, throwing 4 1/3 innings. In 2011, Beato's first year in the majors, he pitched in 60 games with the Mets and posted a 4.30 ERA.

Each of the past two seasons, Beato pitched at Triple-A Norfolk in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Ironically, Beato had identical 5-5 records in each of the two seasons to go along with identical 2.65 ERAs in those seasons.


The Phillies also signed Jesse Beal, 26, who pitched in the independent CanAm League last season for Sussex County, going 2-0 with a 2.59 ERA in 22 relief appearances, picking up five saves. Prior to that, Beal didn't pitch in 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surger, but spent seven seasons in the Orioles organization after being drafted by Baltimore in the 14th round of the 2008 Draft. In 127 games in the Orioles organization, Beal was 19-18 with a 4.22 ERA, working in 37 games as a starter and 90 games as a reliever.


Outfielder Christian Marrero, who played in 82 games with the Fightins last season, hit .282 with eight home runs and 32 RBI, posting a .422 on-base percentage thanks to his ability to draw walks. In 244 plate appearances, Marrero walked 46 times, while striking out 36 times. The 30-year old was originally drafted in the 20th round of the 2004 Draft by Atlanta, but didn't sign. The following year, the White Sox signed him after drafting him in the 22nd round. He initially signed with the Phillies in December of 2015.

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