Former Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will return to the big leagues for the first time since 2017 when the Boston Red Sox promote him from Triple-A on Tuesday, according to multiple reports Monday.
Phillips hit .304 in 44 games in the Red Sox minor league organization. In 38 games with Triple-A Pawtucket, he hit .302 with four home runs and 19 RBIs.
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Phillips will join a team with baseball’s best record. Through Sunday, Boston was 94-54 with a 7½-game lead in the American League East Division.
The Red Sox signed Phillips to a minor-league contract on June 27. He last played in the big leagues in 2017, appearing in 120 games for the Atlanta Braves and 24 games for the Los Angeles Angels. The Reds traded Phillips to the Braves in 2017 for Carlos Portuondo and Andrew McKirahan.
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Phillips, 38, is a career. 275 hitter with 16 years of experience in the big leagues. He hit 191 home runs in 11 seasons (2006-16) with the Reds. He won four Gold Glove awards.
Brandon Phillips and Rafael Devers will be added to the roster tomorrow. Everyone can stop freaking out about Phillips not being called up initially. Cora said he payed well, good clubhouse presence. He knows he won’t get much playing time with so many other INF options— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) September 3, 2018
#RedSox will activate Rafael Devers tomorrow and add Brandon Phillips to the roster. Sox were impressed that he stuck it out in AAA.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) September 3, 2018
Regarding Brandon Phillips, a thought:— Bill Koch (@BillKoch25) September 3, 2018
When Tony Renda was promoted during the weekend series with the Yankees, there was widespread questioning as to why it wasn't Phillips in that spot. Renda was back in Triple-A within 48 hours (after scoring one rather important run).