Jays sign veteran catcher Phillips

Jays sign veteran catcher Phillips

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have agreed to terms on a one-year, $500,000 contract with catcher Jason Phillips. As part of the deal, Phillips could potentially earn another $50,000 in incentives for plate appearances.

Phillips, 30, served as Toronto's third catcher behind Bengie Molina and Gregg Zaun last season. In 2007, Phillips will be the backup to Zaun, who re-signed on Tuesday. Molina is a free agent, and Toronto doesn't plan on bringing him back.

Phillips, who can also back up Lyle Overbay at first base, spent most of last season with Triple-A Syracuse, hitting .273 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs in 73 Minor League games. In 25 games with Toronto, he hit .250 with six doubles and six RBIs.

From 2003 to 2005, Phillips hit 28 homers and drove in 147 RBIs over 368 games with the Dodgers and Mets. The six-year veteran's best season at the plate came in 2003, when he posted a .298 average with 11 homers and 58 RBIs in 119 games for New York.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.