O’s acquire clubhouse-favorite Brett Phillips from Rays

The Baltimore Orioles spent the last two days trading veteran stalwart Trey Mancini and reclamation project Jorge López for a flock of minor league arms.

Not to let the stove fire go out, the Orioles have acquired outfielder Brett Phillips from the Tampa Bay Rays, after he was designated for assignment earlier this week.

Phillips, 28, is a strong defender, who will slot in as a good back up piece in the outfield. He does have speed and sneaky power as well, but high strikeout numbers have weighed down the value of those attributes.

Phillips is slashing .147/.225/.250 on the year and has a career .190 average in 883 plate appearances. Against right-handed pitchers, those numbers jump to .212/.296/.407 with 28 home runs.

Phillips, who is being acquired for cash considerations, is controllable for two more seasons via arbitration.

The Baltimore Battery would like to welcome Brett to Birdland!

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