The Phillies have signed catcher Brian Schneider to a two-year contract to back up Carlos Ruiz, the team announced today.
The contract is worth just under $3 million, with no option for a third year, a source told the Inquirer.
Schneider's agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, said that he was engaged in serious discussions with seven teams regarding Schneider, three of which were interested in making him their starting catcher (he declined to name the teams).
"Brian had several exciting opportunities," Van Wagenen said. "But the opportunity to win for the first time in his career, and to do it so close to where he grew up, turned out to be the deciding factor."