In honor of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the 1993 Phillies and their National League championship season, we review the free agent signings made by the Phillies leading up to the 1993 season. Here is a look back at the 1992 hot stove and the players signed in free agency by Philadelphia.
Lee Thomas joined the Phillies in 1988 to take on the role of general manager. His success as a director of player development with the St. Louis Cardinals had made Thomas a name to watch when it came to front offices in baseball. The Phillies managed to convince him to join their staff in hopes of one day turning the Phillies around in similar fashion. The Phillies were regressing at the time, and the first four seasons with Thomas at the helm of the team in the front office were not much more promising. But Thomas knew the kind of character his team had and he just needed to find a couple more ingredients to help it all mix together.
These are the players he signed during the free agent season between the 1992 and 1993 seasons.
Signed as a free agent December 8, 1992
The Phillies were still in need of a bat with some pop, and Pete Incaviglia was signed just for that reason. Incaviglia struggles a little in his first year in the National League with the Houston Astros in 1992, hitting just 11 home runs in 113 games. His production in Philadelphia was much improved with 24 home runs and his first and only 100-hit season in the National League. Inky had a career high slugging percentage in 1993 (.530).
The Phillies were confident with the signing, offering Incaviglia his first contract worth over $1 million in his career. The Phillies signed Incaviglia for $1.05 million in the 1993 and 1994 seasons
Signed as a free agent December 9, 1992
Thompson, who had been acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Steve Bedrosian in 1985, spent a couple of seasons in the organization before being traded in 1988 to the St. Louis Cardinals. He was granted free agency following the 1992 season, when his batting average dropped 14 points, from .307 to .293. The Cardinals already had a starter in left fielder Bernard Gilkey, a .300 hitter in 1992 and .305 hitter in 1993.
Thompson hit just .262 in 129 games for the Phillies but he came up with some key plays with his glove, including saving a game-winning home run in San Diego .
The Phillies signed Thompson for $1,475,000 after the Cardinals bought out his previous option for $300,000.
Adding Thompson to the roster allowed the Phillies to move Mariano Duncan to the infield, where he would split playing time at second base and shortstop with Mickey Morandini, Kim Batiste and Kevin Stocker.