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Brandon Phillips set to join the Red Sox

Rob Bradford
September 03, 2018 - 12:09 pm

ATLANTA -- The Red Sox are adding a former All-Star for the stretch drive. Just don't expect him to play a whole lot.

Alex Cora announced before his team's series-opening game against the Braves that Brandon Phillips will be joining the Red Sox Tuesday. Rafael Devers will also be activated from his disabled list stint, with both players coming from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Phillips played well for the PawSox, totaling a .302 batting average and .824 ops in 38 Triple-A games. His last major league stint came in 2017 when he played for both Atlanta (120 games) and the Angels (24 games).

"He’s done an outstanding job for everything I’ve heard," Cora said. "He played second, third, and he had plenty of opt-outs and he stayed with the team. Sometimes, it’s not about rewarding people because he’s a talented player but I do feel that, hey man, he wants to be part of this and I think he can contribute. He’s a guy, he can hit against lefties, he’s been around for a while. He’s a good guy in the clubhouse and he can help some of the young kids too so he’ll be with us."

Cora did note that there isn't an expectation Phillips will see much playing time, comparing his presence to Royce Clayton during the Red Sox' 2007 World Series run. Clayton got in just eight games, getting six at-bats for the eventual world champs.

The 37-year-old Phillips had two opportunities to opt-out of his minor league deal after signing with the Red Sox in late June, but chose to remain in the organization.

Phillips is a three-time All-Star, winning the Gold Glove three seasons with the Reds.