Orioles Purchase Brett Phillips – MLB Commerce Rumors

16:40: The Rays announced that Phillips had been traded to the Orioles in exchange for cash.

4:28 p.m.: The Orioles acquire an outfielder Brett Phillips from the rays tweets Rochas Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Tampa Bay designated Phillips yesterday after the acquisition Joseph Siri from Astra. Several clubs were reported to be interested in him earlier this morning.

The 28-year-old Phillips is an all-world defender with plenty of tackle problems and an enviable combination of power and speed. He is hitting just .147/.225/.250 this season and has a career .190/.276/.350 batting line in 883 plate appearances. Regardless, Phillips has a more manageable .212/.296/.407 slash line against right-handed pitching, has 28 home runs and is 36-for-41, roughly one and a third of a full season. performances at the MLB level. He is also subject to arbitration control for two more seasons.

The O’s hardly have Phillips’ day-to-day role in mind, barring a stunning trade of an established outfielder like Cedric Mullins or Austin Hays. But Phillips’ combination of speed, defense and power is very useful off the bench.

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