PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are bringing back Brian Schneider for another season as their backup catcher.
The club announced on Thursday that it had signed Schneider to a one-year, $800,000 contract. The deal contains $200,000 worth of incentives.
Schneider, 34, hit .176 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 41 games this past season. But he worked well with Phils pitchers, most notably rookie right-hander Vance Worley. Philadelphia pitchers posted a 2.85 ERA with Schneider behind the plate.
The Phillies tried to sign catcher Matt Treanor, but he signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phils then turned their attention back to Schneider, who grew up in Allentown, Pa.
The Phillies have hired former closer Tom Gordon as a part-time scout in Florida. ... Philadelphia bench coach Pete Mackanin is no longer a candidate for the managerial jobs with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs. The Cubs will introduce Dale Sveum as their skipper on Friday, while the Red Sox are looking elsewhere. ... Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg did not get the St. Louis Cardinals' managerial vacancy, which means he will be back with the organization next season. ... Friday is the deadline for the Phils to protect Minor League players from the Rule 5 Draft by placing them on the 40-man roster. ... Phillies manager Charlie Manuel finished fourth in National League Manager of the Year voting this week. He has finished in sixth place or higher every year since he became manager in 2005. ... The Phils have hired Minor League conditioning coordinator Shawn Fcasni as their assistant athletic trainer. He replaces Mark Andersen, who resigned after the season.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.