4.40 pm: The Rays announced that Phillips was traded to the Orioles in exchange for cash.
4.28 pm: The Orioles acquire outfielder Brett Phillips of the rays, tweets Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Tampa Bay named Phillips for post-acquisition contract yesterday Joseph Sirio of the Astros. Earlier this morning, he was said to be interested in several clubs.
Phillips, 28, is an all-round defender with plenty of strikeout issues that have squeezed an otherwise enviable mix of power and speed. He hits only .147/.225/.250 this season and has a lukewarm career of .190/.276/.350 in 883 at bats. That said, Phillips has a more reasonable .212/.296/407 hit against right-handed pitching, hit 28 home runs and went 36-for-41 in the rough equivalent of one and a third full season of record appearances at the MLB level. He can also be controlled for two more seasons via arbitration.
The O’s are unlikely to have any mundane role in mind for Phillips – aside from a more stunning trade from an established outfielder like Cedric Mullins or Austin Hays. But Phillips’ mix of speed, defense and power off the bench is good value.