Sources familiar with talks between the two sides indicate that an agreement to terms could be signed as early as today, when the general managers wrap up their meetings here at the Pfister Hotel.
Schneider hit just .176 with a .246 on-base percentage and .256 slugging percentage last season, but the Phillies still managed to go 27-8 in the 35 games he started behind the plate. The soon-to-be 35-year-old veteran developed a strong rapport with the team's pitching staff, particularly young sinkerballers like Vance Worley, Kyle Kendrick and David Herndon. Schneider caught Worley in 18 of the rookie righthander's 25 appearances.
Terms of the deal are unknown at this point.
With a deal for a backup catcher nearly complete, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is expected to focus the bulk of his attention on shortstop, where the Phillies hope to retain longtime starter Jimmy Rollins.
The free-agent signing period has gotten off to a slow start as owners and players put the finishing touches on a new collective bargaining agreement that could include changes to the free-agent compensation system. Teams are stuck in something of a holding pattern as things like luxury taxes and draft-spending limits remain uncertain.
The next big item on the Phillies' agenda will come tomorrow, which is the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster and protect them from the Rule 5 draft next month.
The Phillies have plenty of flexibility on their 40-man roster to accommodate several additions.
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