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Phillies sign Christian Bethancourt

The catcher (and moonlighting utilityman) was most recently with the NC Dinos in Korea

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The Phillies made a depth move Friday afternoon, signing catcher Christian Bethancourt to a minor league deal. The move was first reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Bethancourt, 28, spent last season with the NC Dinos of the KBO, where he hit .246/.308/.404 in 53 games. The Braves’ former top-100 prospect spent parts of five Major League seasons with Atlanta and San Diego, and his most recent MLB appearance came in April 2017.

Bethancourt has spent most of his career behind the plate as a catcher, but has made some scattered appearances in the outfield and at second base, while also making six mostly-terrible pitching appearances. He’ll join the ranks of Deivy Grullon, Henri Lartigue, and maybe even Andrew Knapp in the battle for the backup (or third) catcher’s spot.