Rays’ Brett Phillips Drawing Interest From Multiple Clubs

The Rays designated outfielder Brett Phillips for task yesterday upon buying outfielder Jose Siri from the Astros, and whereas a crew usually has every week to commerce a participant following a DFA, that is not the case with in the present day’s 6pm ET deadline looming. Phillips appears more likely to change arms in the present day, as he is already drawing curiosity from a number of golf equipment. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe tweets that the Red Sox have reached out to the Rays, whereas Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweets that the Phillies have additionally proven curiosity as they give the impression of being so as to add some protection within the heart. Brendan Kuty of NJ.com provides the Yankees as one other membership.

It’s been a dismal season on the plate for Phillips, who’s hitting simply .147/.225/.250 by 208 plate appearances and has fanned at a whopping 40.9% price. He’s by no means been one to supply a lot with the bat, however this yr’s struggles nonetheless symbolize a pronounced departure from final yr’s .206/.300/.427 output and the profession .201/.291/.381 Phillips carried into the season.

For all of Phillips’ struggles with the bat, he is lengthy been one of many sport’s premier defenders. He’s not solely able to enjoying all three outfield spots however is a plus defender throughout the board, evidenced by profession marks of 38 Defensive Runs Saved, 31 Outs Above Average and a 25.3 Ultimate Zone Rating in simply 2100 innings of outfield work in his profession. The left-handed-hitting Phillips additionally has displayed loads of pop and was a superb base stealer previous to the season. In 675 earlier plate appearances, he’d popped 23 homers and gone 29-for-34 in stolen base makes an attempt.

Phillips is incomes $1.4MM this season and is controllable for one more two years by way of arbitration, though this yr’s struggles on the plate make him an apparent non-tender candidate. Still, as a backup outfielder with energy, velocity and an elite glove, he may supply loads of worth to a contender off the bench within the season’s closing couple of months. He’s out of minor league choices, so he’ll want to stay on the roster of no matter membership doubtlessly acquires him.

Speculatively, there are many different potential matches even past the three groups reported to have inquired. The Marlins and Astros are each identified to be searching for potential heart discipline upgrades, and Phillips is in fact a former Astros farmhand. The Twins’ outfield is banged up past recognition for the time being, and Phillips would give them a low-cost stopgap with elite protection to assist shore issues up. The Blue Jays may see Phillips as a extra interesting model of the identical talent set as the present fourth outfielder Bradley Zimmer gives.

Lack of offensive worth however, the protection, velocity and previous energy manufacturing may very properly land Phillips with one other crew sooner or later in the present day.

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