The Phillies signed righthander Gary Majewski to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to major league sources.
The 28-year-old was a stalwart for the Washington Nationals in 2005, pitching in 79 games and posting a 2.93 earned run average.
He was traded to Cincinnati at midseason the following year and soon went on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. That sparked allegations Nationals general manager Jim Bowden had been aware that Majewski was hurt before the trade. Bowden denied it.
Last season, Majewski had a 6.53 ERA in 37 games for Cincinnati, allowing 60 hits and 15 walks in 40 innings.
Majewski's deal calls for $15,000 per month in the minor leagues, with a side letter of agreement that calls for $650,000, plus award bonuses, if he makes the big leagues. He will get termination pay of $300,000 minus any salary he has earned to that point.
If he's not on the Phillies' roster by July 1, he will be granted his release if requested or added to the active roster within 48 hours. He also may sign with any foreign team for $100,000. *
- Paul Hagen