It has been a difficult few months for Vimael Machin.
He had been the Oakland A’s primary third baseman last season, finally getting an extended look in the lineup. Then, after the flurry of signings and trades that the A’s made, he was designated for assignment, losing his roster spot before entering free agency.
Vimael Machin could have role with Philadelphia Phillies
It has not taken him long to find a new home. According to Melissa Lockard of The Athletic, Machin signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. He would presumably receive an invitation to the major league portion of spring training as well.
While he had been an intriguing minor leaguer due to his ability to make contact, draw a walk, and play around the infield, Machin has not done much in his time in the majors. He has a career .208/.290/.261 batting line in 361 plate appearances over parts of three seasons, hitting one homer and 14 doubles. His plate discipline and contact were able to translate, as Machin has 36 walks and just 67 strikeouts, but he did not do anything with his ability to put the bat on the ball.
The Phillies could provide a solid opportunity to re-establish himself as a utility option. Edmundo Sosa likely has a place on the roster, while the newly acquired Kody Clemens can play virtually anywhere. If Machin can have a strong spring, it is possible that he puts himself into the mix for a spot on the Opening Day roster.
If nothing else, he will serve as a solid option in Triple-A, ready to be called upon if need be. The Phillies do not have much in the way of infield depth at the upper levels of their farm system, giving Machin a chance to see major league action for a fourth consecutive year. He just needs to do something with it this time.
Vimael Machin has found a new home. The former Oakland A’s infielder is getting a chance to prove himself with the Philadelphia Phillies.