When it rains, it pours!
Fresh off one of the worst Eagles performances of all time and eternity, the Phillies have reportedly decided to bring back “fan favorite” backup catcher Andrew Knapp, and I when I say “fan favorite,” I mean he’s universally disliked:
Source says #Phillies avoided arbitration with Andrew Knapp, agreeing on a one-year, $710,000 contract.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) December 2, 2019
You’ve got the best catcher in baseball in front of him, so that’s something positive to think about. And Knapp has minor league options remaining, so there’s another positive. The Phils really do not have much in the pipeline at catcher outside of Deivy Grullon, hence another deal with Knapp, I guess. They can still go out and find another backup if they’d like, since Knapp will be earning close to the league minimum while active rosters expand to 26 players in 2020.
Knapp hit .213 last year with a .642 OPS, which was not ideal. He mustered eight RBI in 160 plate appearances.