By: Noah Wright
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Earlier today, it was announced that The Boston Red Sox signed veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips to a minor league deal. With Dustin Pedroia having been on the DL most of the season, and current replacement Eduardo Nunez only batting .253/.284/.350, The Red Sox could use the middle infield depth.
While he’s been on a decline the past few years, with not having a slugging % above .420 since 2012, and not having a positive defensive WAR since 2015, Phillips has still been a solid contributor. Last season, one of the few remaining players that was in The Expos system, he produced a .285/.319/.416 line, along with reaching double digits in homers and stolen bases (13/11) for the 10th time in his career, and recording 60 RBI’s with 93 wRC+ in 604 PA’s split between The Braves and Angels. Like stated earlier, Phillips’ glove has been on a decline, as he had -7 DRS, .6 UZR, and -.5 defensive WAR. Phillips also saw 218 innings at the hot corner last season with The Braves, which could help widen his utility with The Red Sox.