The Phillies signed veteran third baseman Hector Luna to a minor league contract today. In 2011 Hector played third base for the Pawtucket Red Sox and hit a very respectable .283 with 14 homeruns and 58 RBIs. In 2010 he played for New Orleans in the PCL and hit .294 with 16 HR. Hector will turn 32 before the start of the 2012 season. He’s listed at 6’1″ 225 and has a lifetime major league batting average of .265 with 13 HR in 732 career big league at bats. He will most likely be the starting third baseman for the Ironpigs but will also provide some nice insurance at third base for the Phillies. Here’s a picture of Luna playing in the AAA allstar game at Coca-Cola Park on July 14, 2010 and a picture of him playing against the Ironpigs in July, 2011 for the PawSox.
The Phillies also signed outfield Luis Montanez to a minor league contract today. The 30 year old right handed hitter is listed at 6’1″ 195. He had 54 at bats with the Chicago Cubs in 2011 and hit .222 with 1 HR and 9 RBI. He hit .321 with 7 HR and 69 RBI with Iowa in the PCL.
In another transaction, to make room for Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies removed Carlos Rivero from the 40 man roster. Rivero was claimed off waivers by the Washington Nationals.
Finally, left handed pitcher, and 2011 Ironpigs member Juan Perez, signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers and former Ironpigs reliever R.J. Swindle signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals.