The club acquired versatile infielder Tug Hulett from the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Hulett, 26, hit .111 in 18 at-bats with one RBI in 15 games for the Royals last season.
He appeared in five games at second base (two starts), but also saw time at third base (one game), shortstop (one game), left field (one game) and right field (two games).
The lefthanded hitter, who is the son of former major leaguer Tim Hulett, spent most of last season at the Royals’ Triple A Omaha affiliate, where he hit .291 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI in 99 games.
Overall, Hulett owns a .194 batting average with one homer and three RBI in 45 games in the big leagues.
He probably won’t make the big club anytime soon, or will be flipped for Gonzalez/Halladay/Cabrera/Pujols, but hell, we have a guy named Tug, and that worked out for the Phillies (and Faith Hill). So we’ve got that going for us.
More on the trade ideas later.